We thouroughly enjoyed our nine nights at the Locanda, which we used as our base while touring Tuscany. On a quiet alley with a peaceful garden and tiny roof terrace with fabulous views it's hard to beat for location and value for money.
Our room on the ground floor was spacious and spotlessly clean, although with hindsight we would choose an upper floor room as the hedge screening our room from the garden inevitably meant it could be a little gloomy and meant we had no view. Nevertheless it was very comfortable with a nice bathroom.
Breakfast was great. Warm rolls with Tuscan ham and cheese, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit and wonderful apple pastries and coffee freshly made to order.
The cost of parking is annoying if you're staying for several nights. The Locanda have some private parking outside the walls for 5 euros a day, but also showed us a small area of free parking where we were lucky enough to find a space each day of our stay.
You are allowed to bring your car close to the Locanda to load and unload luggage.
We ate at the Mandragola's restaurant at the other end of town twice. They offer a reduced price 18 euro 3-course meal to residents and we found the food and service good, although the restaurant is a bit cavernous and lacks atmosphere. We preferred the Trattoria Chiribiri nearby, which has good, reasonably priced meals in a more lively atmosphere.
San Gimignano is a great place to stay. The day-trippers come and go, but the town is yours early and late in the day. The frescoes in the cathedral are breathtaking, as are the views from the top of the one tower which you can still climb, and the award-winning gelato in the main square is the best in Italy!
One word of warning if you suffer from mosquito bites: - we weren't expecting them in October, but got eaten alive!
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- Also Known As:
- Locanda La Mandragola San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy