Forty-five minutes to an hour away from Florence awaits the medieval hill top town of San Gimignano.
Popular with tourists who arrive in packs by bus it can be difficult to enjoy the city in the afternoon. When the tourists are scouring the city I suggest following the city walls to the opposite side of the entrance where they are slightly crumbled. Here you will see sweeping views of the famous Tuscan countryside with its hills spotted with vineyards, old villas and olive trees.
Tourists do not tend to venture outside the city walls but I recommend it. Be adventurous and you'll find signs of the city that once was with ruins overrun with nature, olive trees running along the city walls that have seen the plague, and hidden steps that lead you to the top of the wall to get a view of the city against the backdrop of green.