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About San Donato

San Donato is the Spanish and Italian form of Saint Donatus.  San Donato Milanese is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Milan in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 10 kilometres southeast of Milan. It is served by the San Donato underground station right on the borderline between the town and Milan and by the San Donato Milanese railway station, serving only trains for the Trenord S1 line "Saronno-Lodi" and vice versa.

The pretty stone village maintains its Medieval appeal with narrow streets lined with houses and interspersed with little piazzas. The walled town is still accessible by the historic city gates, the Porta Fiorentina and Porta Senese, each facing the cities that lie to the north and south of San Donato.


Best Rental Vacation:

Vacation rentals provide much more privacy than a hotel suite of a shared room. Why share swimming pools and hot tubs with people you don’t know when you can have one all of your own? Vacation rentals in San Donato are also great for families for this reason. You can enjoy your time with just your family and friends without any extra people around. You can book your vacation rental with CuddlyNest.It has a type of rooms, number of bedrooms, homes, condos, villas, cabins & different types of apartments are available.

For those who travelling alone, there are number of single bedroom or sharing options for you throughout the city. We believe in perfect vacation. We have planned and highlighted the following best place for you to visit during your vacation in the city.


Best Things to do:

Whether you're visiting San Donato Milanese for a few days or are a localite, San Donato Milanese is sure to have something new for you. Explore our guide that tells you about the best tourist places to visit and things to do in San Donato Milanese. This guide will give you an idea about the popular attractions, upcoming tourist spots, and off-beat things to do in San Donato Milanese. This makes it easy to plan weekends or long vacations in San Donato Milanese. We have compiled this cool stuff to do in San Donato Milanese keeping in mind the points of interest for families, groups, and romantic couples. Looking at the activities for adventure junkies in San Donato Milanese listed here will get the blood rushing and adrenaline pumping through your veins.

Check out free places to visit in San Donato Milanese which you can visit without spending a penny. Handpicked tours, day trips, and excursions in San Donato Milanese will make your visit comfortable. You will also find the opening and closing time, along with the time required to cover major attractions. This will help you to have a flawless plan without much hassle. We have also included eateries in San Donato Milanese recommended by locals.


What is there to see?

One of the principal entrances is through the northwestern "Porta Fiorentina" (since it leads toward Florence),which follows the main street, Via del Giglio, that has intersected the town since the 12th century. Besides the beautifully restored stone and brick buildings, you will pass a remaining tower-house from before arriving into the main square, called Torre Campanaria.

Here, the imposing Palazzo Malaspina dominates one corner and right next to it is the Gothic church Santa Maria della Neve with its side facing the square. In the center, the octagonal well reflects how important a well was as the town's only water supply when the town was under siege. On the other side, is the Palazzo Pretorio which has not conserved its medieval look and is certainly less imposing than the facing Palazzo Malaspina.

Making your way out of the eastern wall called Porta Senese you will come upon the main church of San Donato, the Pieve di San Donato. Built in Tuscan Romanesque style, documents date it back to the year 989. The baptismal font in terracotta and glazed by Giovanni della Robbia dates back to 1513.


How to get there:

Coming from either Florence or Siena, the easiest route is to take the main highway Florence Siena and exit at San Donato, follow the signs to the city center. It is about 45 km in either direction...truly in the middle of these two major cities. Both San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti are only approximately 25 km from San Donato, making them easy destinations to combine on a trip.


Emilio Ferrari Museum

This museum highlights a private collection of the farming and peasant culture in the area. Divide into several room, each one is dedicated to a different aspect of the agricultural society with tools that are no longer in use: explore the antique world of carpentry, cobblers and blacksmiths as well utensils and tools from the home front. A wonderful learning experience for young and old.  Check hours for Tourist Office.


Observatory in Chianti & Botanical gardens

Just a short drive away is the Observatory and Chianti botanical gardens, an unexpected but definitely a great stop (with or without kids).

They have several events during the course of the entire year - so watch their site for upcoming events and if you let them know that you are going, they will arrange to have one of their operatives there that speak your language.

The gardens highlight the natural fauna & flora of Chianti while the observatory has evening and night events to help you navigate the Chianti stars.  They are also the first of its kind to have a learning facility for the seeing impaired.

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