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Surroundings » SAN GIMIGNANO
The "city of the beautiful towers" is one of the best preserved medieval settlements of Tuscany, where the old town has remained largely intact and is a remarkable example of urban organization of the city. For its unique urban and architectural characteristics San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although Etruscan in origin, San Gimignano sees its development period between the ninth and twelfth centuries, when the pilgrims heading to Rome along the Via Francigena contributed to the welfare of the city: abounding hotels and inns and businesses were thriving. Especially valuable local agricultural products were traded, including the most wanted saffron, sold in Egypt and France.

At its peak, there were 72 towers, of which only 14 have survived to the present day, an expression of political and social supremacy of the aristocracy of San Gimignano.

The change of route of the pilgrims and the plague of 1348 were the causes of the decline and abandonment of this centere, but have allowed an extraordinary preservation of its medieval appearance.

Absolutely to visit are the Collegiate Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, or the Dome, one of the finest examples of Tuscan Romanesque, and the Church of St. Augustine also finely painted and placed in the most beautiful squares, Piazza Sant'Agostino.

We advise you to visit the Great Tower and the Palazzo del Popolo, Piazza della Cisterna and museums, or simply to walk the streets and see the towers and tower houses of the old aristocracy that overlook the main streets and squares.

A must is a visit to the Wine Museum and of the Vernaccia, the Parco della Rocca di Montestaffoli, with its dedicated routes and wine tasting of local wines, with particular attention to the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Farmhouse San Gimignano Tuscany

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Farmhouse San Gimignano Tuscany

Agriturismo Casolare di Bucciano - Azienda Agricola Signano - Località Racciano-Bucciano - 53037 San Gimignano - Siena - Tuscany - Italy - Phone +39 0577 940189 - Fax +39 0577-906956

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