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Regulating Tourist Bus Access in San Gimignano: LTZ BUS

10 March 2023
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Regulating Tourist Bus Access in San Gimignano: LTZ BUS

San Gimignano is a beautiful medieval town in Tuscany, Italy, famous for its well-preserved architecture and cultural heritage. Every year, it attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. To ensure a comfortable and hassle-free experience for tourists, the local government has established the Check Point Bus Service, which provides easy access to the town center and offers various discounts and facilities to visitors.

The Check Point Bus Turistici service is located on Via Baccanella, just a short walk from the city center and is open year-round from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Location and Transportation

Two local public transport lines, Linea SG1 (year-round) and Linea SG2 (April-October), connect the service to the historic city center. Tickets can be purchased on board or directly at the Check Point Bus Turistici. During the months of July and August, public transport lines do not pass through the historic center. Useful stops are Porta San Giovanni and Porta San Matteo.

New Management Program

As of August 2022, a new management program for the Check Point Bus Turistici service is in place. Discounts and entry packages to the city can be requested through the reserved area of the website. Information about purchasing discount vouchers is also available.

Regulations and Tariffs

The City Council's Deliberation No. 195 of 01/12/2022 established the tariffs for 2023. Buses over 8 meters long have different rates from buses equal to or less than 8 meters long. Payment can be made online or on-site.

  • Buses over 8 meters long:

    • Low Season (November-February):
      • Online Payment: €60.00
      • On-site Payment: €80.00
    • High Season (March-October):
      • Online Payment: €80.00
      • On-site Payment: €110.00
  • Buses equal to or less than 8 meters long:

    • Low Season (November-February):
      • Online Payment: €30.00
      • On-site Payment: €40.00
    • High Season (March-October):
      • Online Payment: €50.00
      • On-site Payment: €70.00

Booking and Discounts

To make online reservations, companies must access the Check-Point's reserved area of the website. Upon registration, the company must provide information about the bus's length and license plate number. Payment is accepted online or on-site. The service offers discounts for school trips and groups of people with disabilities.

  • School Trips (50% discount during low season):
    • Requests must be made at least 4 business days in advance by accessing the Check-Point's reserved area of the website or via email.
    • The request must be made on school letterhead, listing the students, the responsible party's name and signature, and the contact information for the school.
  • Groups of People with Disabilities (100% discount):
    • Requests must include an attached self-certification attesting to the passengers' disabilities.

How to Request Discounts

Requests for discounts must be made at least 4 business days in advance by accessing the Check-Point's reserved area of the website. The request must include the necessary documentation. The applicant will receive an acceptance email from the Check Point Bus Turistici service. Failure to receive an acceptance email requires the user to contact the Check Point Bus Turistici service.

Discipline for the ZTL for buses and tourist bus checkpoint service

The discipline for the ZTL (limited traffic zone) for buses and the tourist bus checkpoint service applies throughout the municipal territory as established in ordinance no. 33 of 29/03/2001.

ZTL for buses

  • The discipline establishes a ban on parking for tourist buses throughout the municipal territory, as delimited in point
    B.1), and the identification of an area for passenger boarding and disembarkation. The operating procedures are described below: A) Entry and/or circulation of buses, except for those at the subsequent point 2) points a) and b), is only allowed for those with a permit issued upon payment of an annual fee set by the Municipal Council;
    B) The area for tourist bus operations is exclusively located in Loc. Baccanella (point 3) for all passenger boarding and disembarkation operations.
    B.1) The delimitation of the municipal territory where parking is prohibited for all tourist buses is identified as follows:
  1. Provincial Road no. 1, towards Poggibonsi, about 150 meters beyond the locality called "Camporeggia";
  2. Provincial Road no. 47 at the height of the municipal road called "Guazzatoio";
  3. Provincial Road 127 towards Ulignano, about 100 meters beyond Loc. La Doccia.
  4. Provincial Road 1 towards Certaldo, in Loc. Strada at the border of the built-up area;
  5. Provincial Road 69 towards Gambassi Terme, at the border of the built-up area;
  6. Santa Lucia municipal road, except for the parking areas provided for this purpose.

Tourist bus checkpoint service

  1. This discipline applies to all tourist buses, including authorized public transport services (art. 14 et seq. of Regional Law no. 42/1998 "Rules for local public transport" and subsequent implementing regional regulations). The following are exempt from the discipline referred to in the previous point 1):
    a) Buses that provide scheduled public transport services pursuant to Art. 13 of Regional Law 42/1998 and subsequent amendments;
    b) Buses of the police and armed forces, and buses providing school bus services. Other cases of exemption from the fee will be expressly and exclusively authorized by the Municipal Administration.
  2. The following data must be recorded for bus registration at the Check Point in Loc. Baccanella: license plate, vehicle type (bus or minibus), and any discounts and/or benefits to be applied to the fee. Only after such registration can the permit be issued, which is attached in copy to this regulation (Annex 1). Each bus is assigned a number for controlled management of the return from the Santa Chiara parking area to the Check Point. Boarding operations from the parking area are prohibited without prior authorization from the operators. Any changes and/or additions are introduced by the Head of the Mobility Service.
  3. Outside the cases expressly provided for in this discipline, a bus can carry out passenger boarding and disembarkation operations in a location adjacent to the historic center, other than the Check Point in Loc. Baccanella, only after obtaining formal authorization from the municipal administration and in any case, after registration at the Check Point, in the following cases:
    a) Disabled persons on board, holders of a permit, and, if necessary, with an accompanying person;
    b) Artists with instruments and/or scenic material for local artistic and cultural events, provided that the personnel on duty find it difficult to dock in Loc. Baccanella;
    c) Participants in civil, religious, and sporting ceremonies taking place in the historic center, provided that the personnel on duty find it difficult to dock in Loc.Baccanella;
    d) Guests of the municipal administration;
    e) Other cases expressly authorized in agreement by the Municipal Police Commander and the Head of the Mobility Service. In the cases listed above, the requests and passenger boarding/disembarkation stops will be authorized and indicated by the municipal administration.
  4. The Check Point for issuing permits is located in Loc. Baccanella and operates from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm every day of the year. Changes to what is provided for in this point may be introduced by a specific provision of the Head of the Mobility Service:
  5. Bus parking is allowed in a guarded but not guarded area located in Molino Santa Chiara, upon registration of the vehicle and payment of the fee due to the Check Point. In case of possible exhaustion of the capacity to accommodate buses within the parking area indicated, the Administration may indicate another area for this purpose;
  6. The permit is issued at the tourist bus checkpoint upon payment of the due fee and passenger disembarkation. The tariffs for this public service and any tariff concessions are deliberated annually by the Municipal Council. Any changes and/or additions to the management of the Check Point are introduced by a managerial determination signed by the Head of the Mobility Service.
  7. Payment of the fee due for the issuance of the permit can be made using the following payment methods:
  • In cash
  • By advanced bank transfer
  • With a debit card/credit card
  1. Violations of this Discipline: Without prejudice to the application of national laws - the Highway Code and other laws and regulations, for violations of the provisions of this regulation, a pecuniary sanction of € 100.00 is applied. For monitoring compliance with this discipline, a surveillance service is provided by the Municipal Police supported by traffic wardens, as provided for in Article 17 paragraphs 132 and 133 of Law 127/1997 (Bassanini bis), within the scope of their respective competences.

Additional Information

For more information, the Ufficio Parcheggi of the Comune di San Gimignano can be reached at Tel. 0577990377 - 0577990375 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Access to Documents and Legal Remedies

The responsible party for the Check Point Bus Turistici service is Dr. Francesco Cesari, who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel. 0577990332. Information


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