In the Tuscan countryside, about 40 kilometers from the city of Florence, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, the small walled town of San Gimignano emerges, famous for its beautiful and ancient towers They give it an ancient and medieval character.
San Gimignano it's a beautiful town located on top of a hill,full of whitish gray stone constructions. Given all its beauty and history it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The towers of San Gimignano
The most distinctive feature of San Gimignano is its fourteen towers, which in the period of splendor became 72. In medieval times, the tower was a symbol of power (Florence had more than a hundred), building the tallest tower was a sign of being an important and wealthy family.Towers of San Gimignano - Mikadun
San Gimignano receives hundreds of tourists daily, eager to know its particular architecture and its medieval aspect, which remains intact. In its narrow streets you can make a trip to the past. In addition to the whole story, Climb to one of these ancient towers gives us lovely views of the Tuscany region.
What to visit in San Gimignano
Cistern SquareCistern Square - Bartolo © / Flickr.com
It is one of the most interesting places in the city, paved as in the Middle Ages, It is a triangular square, surrounded by palaces, fountains and medieval towers. Their houses are from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and in the center is a cistern.
In the union with the Plaza del Duomo are the towers of the Ardinghelli, Guelfa family of great power in the city. Here you will find the famous gelateria della Piazza, where they say they eat the best ice cream in the world.
Duomo SquareDuomo Square - Diego Albero Román / Flickr.com
In the heart of San Gimignano is this charming square, accessible only on foot, where there are historical monuments, views of the emblematic tower-houses and a small market hidden under the arches, all framed in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
In the Plaza del Duomo, we will meet the Collegiate Church of Santa María de Assunta and the Communal Palace, currently the headquarters of the communal authorities and the Civic Museum, where works from the Florentine and Senesian schools are presented and from where you can climb the Torre Grossa. From its 54 meters high you can admire a wonderful landscape of the Tuscan environment.
The Via FrancigenaVia Francigena - zummolo
This important route linked Canterbury (England) with the tomb of St. Peter, in the Basilica of St. Peter of the Vatican. It crossed France, Switzerland and Italy and, thanks to the commerce generated by the influx of pilgrims, this town was enriched with the passage of time.
The path starts at the port of San Juan de San Gimignano and ends at Colle Val D'Elsa. It is a journey of about 4-5 hours, where you can enjoy a spectacular landscape that extends all the way. A unique, unique and unrepeatable experience.
La Rocca de GimignanoSan Gimignano wall - Gabriele Maltinti
La Rocca is the name given to the fortress of the city, walled in its entirety and very imposing. When approaching San Gimignano is visible from the distance that great stone construction that protects and guards the towers and the medieval structure of the town.
La Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a world-famous white wine produced in the villageIf you are interested in oenology you can visit the Museo della Vernaccia, where you will discover the excellence and tradition of the wine products of San Gimignano.
«The wine gives brilliance to the countryside, exalts the hearts, lights the pupils and teaches the dance of the feet.»
-José Ortega y Gasset-
San Gimignano Museum 1300San Gimignano - Emi Cristea
This museum exposes an impressive reconstruction in decorated ceramics of the city of San Gimignano as it was between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Here you will have the ideal opportunity to know the architectural, historical, and social aspects of the Tuscan medieval.
Museum of Torture and the Death Penalty
If you are a lover of the horror genre, you can not miss the Museum of Torture and the Death Penalty of San Gimignano. It is an unavoidable date, especially for lovers of the horror genre, where torture machines are exposed and the story of executions in different countries is told.
A visit to San Gimigniano will give you unforgettable moments in a medieval environment that will take you to the past. Towers with exceptional views of the green and rolling hills, taste the best artisanal gelato in the world, sunbathe in the well of the Plaza de la Cisterna, are just some of the opportunities offered by San Gimignano.