San Gimignano


The Spices and Saffron Way

The village, the towers and the red gold: San Gimignano and the tradition of saffron

Used as bargaining chip, as curative ingredient, as natural food coloring and as spice: these are just some of the usages that the ancient Crocus – better known as Saffron – had during the centuries.
While in Europe the circulation of the saffron started after the Renaissance, in San Gimignano the cultivation of saffron was already attested during the Middle-Ages, and starting from 1200 it played an important role in the economic and commercial life of the Tuscan village. Its cultivation and commercialization continued throughout the centuries until today, when it’s a product acknowledged with the denomination DOP.

Learn more about San Gimignano and its DOP Saffron

Open the door of Middle Ages and live the history
as a protagonist

It’s now the time to roll up the sleeves and get ready for a special cooking and history lesson: a real immersion into the traditions of the past and the unique taste of home-made pasta – all in the gorgeous surroundings of the Tuscan hills. The story telling of the properties and the historical importance of the saffron will allow you to discover the iconic village of San Gimignano from a totally new perspective.