San Gimignano in Tuscany
San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the surrounding buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley.
At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, San Gimignano offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products including saffron and its white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Continue reading more about San Gimignano and its history »
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No matter how short your visit in San Gimignano might be, you must visit the cathedral to admire the marvelous cycle of frescoes that recount stories from the New and Old Testaments painted by illustrious artists of the 14th-century Sienese school and the extraordinary Renaissance jewel, the Chapel of Santa Fina. Head to the Museum of Sacred Art next door to admire the exquisite "Madonna of the Rose".
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Must-sees during your visit to San Gimignano are the Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa, the tallest tower in the city from which you can enjoy a unique view over all of San Gimignano. If you have time, head on to the Archeological Museum where the second floor houses the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, a mix of the old and new.
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Here is pratical information on how to get to San Gimignano, whether you have a car or need to get there by train or bus.
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List of Farmhouses and B&B in San Gimignano, with detailed review done by our team and high-resolution pictures. Most properties offer direct contact with the owner to receive a customized and commission-free offer.
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If you're driving to San Gimignano, you'll also need to park! Here we have details on the parking lots on San Gimignano, as street parking is reserved for residents.
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San Gimignano 1300 is a private museum with multi-media exhibits, street scenes, and a ceramic recreation of the city as it was in the year 1300, at the height of its maximum splendor.
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The Ferie delle Messi, or the Medieval Harvest, takes place in San Gimignano every June. Celebrating the knight tradition, the festival offers many events, including medieval games, parades in medieval costumes and the final horse race in which the 4 neightborhoods of the town compete against each other to win the Gold Sword. If you're here in June, we highly recommend you head to San Gimignano to step back in time!
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At the height of its power, San Gimignano had over 70 tower-houses and became a reference point for anyone traveling along the Via Francigena road and pilgrimage route leading to Rome.
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