'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims ... More
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art.
San G is a quaint Italian Village with cobblestone streets. The many towers are interesting and were built by competing families to one up each other by building a higher tower. This town is also the home of Pinocchio. There are many cute little shops that sell handmade pottery more affordable than Rome or Florence.
I loved this little town and consider it one of the highlights of my Italian vacation. This was a nice day trip from Sienna.
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