Shopping and Dining: San Gimignano is a compact medieval hill town with numerous cafe, pizzerie, restaurants, specialty grocers, wine shops, bakeries and artisan shops within walking distance. A cafe bar, ATM and two gelato shops are located in Piazza della Cisterna, right outside the property entrance. The COOP supermarket in San Gimignano is located just outside the town walls and is open on Saturday evenings until 8 pm.
Internet Points: San Gimignano has two Internet points: "Internet Train" inside the enoteca D!Vineria, located in Piazzetta delle Erbe; inside the "Bar Pasticceria Boboli" on Via San Giovanni.
Public Transportation: Bus service is the only public transit in San Gimignano and the buses are a 550 yard walk from the house. There is frequent bus service to Poggibonsi, a neighboring town with a bus and train station that connects to cities such as Florence and Siena. Bus service to Poggibonsi begins at 6 am and ends at 8:30 pm. Certaldo, a 15 minute drive away, also offers frequent train service to Florence.
Beaches: Within an 80-90 minute drive are the sandy beaches of the Tuscan coast.
Swimming Pools: During the summer months, there are community swimming pools in the Santa Lucia neighborhood near San Gimignano (10 minute drive) and in Colle Val d'Elsa (20 minute drive). There is a daily entrance fee per person and sunbeds along with umbrellas can be rented. The Castelfalfi Golf resort, rated five stars, offers a day pass allowing use of the swimming pool area with sensational views over the countryside and a poolside cafe serving cocktails and a light lunch menu - a total resort experience.
Golf & Spa: Castelfalfi Golf Resort & Country Club (35 minute drive) features an 18-hole Mountain course, a 9-hole Lake course, driving range, swimming pool, tennis courts and a full service spa with massage and facial treatments. Open year round.
Open Air Markets: Right outside your entrance door, San Gimignano's morning market is held on Thursday in Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza Duomo. On Saturday mornings, one is held in Piazza dell' Erbe. Other neighboring towns' morning markets are held on Tuesday in Poggibonsi, on Wednesday in Siena and Certaldo and on Saturday in Volterra.