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the town of San Gimignano Siena Arts History tourism and Wine Historic Centre of San Gimignano San Gimignano delle belle Torri" is situated in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. An important relay point for pilgrims on the Via Francigena to and from Rome. The patrician families, who controlled the city, built some 72 tower-houses (up to 50m high) as symbols of their wealth and power. Only 14 have survived but San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The city also contains masterpieces of 14th and 15th-century Italian art.
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San Gimignano infos tourist help

International Phone Code +39 577
Zip Code : 53037

public service organizations

COMUNE
Piazza del duomo
0577 9901

AMBULANZA ambulance
phone: 118

VIGILI URBANI Police service Via del Castello
0577 940346

CARABINIERI Police service Stazione di San Gimignano
0577 941312

POLIZIA Police service
phone: 113

VIGILI DEL FUOCO The Official Fire Department
phone: 115

VIGILI DEL FUOCO Stazione locale - Poggibonsi
0577 936222

UFFICIO POSTALE Post office Piazza dell Erbe
0577 953184

INTERNET@ACCESS via xx settembre 4B
0577 907100

BIBLIOTECA Public library Via Folgore
0577 941269

CAMPEGGIO Camping Loc. Santa Lucia
0577 940352

PISCINA COMUNALE
Public swimming pool Loc. Santa Lucia
0577 940350

CORPO FORESTALE Forest organization Stazione di San Gimignano
0577 940738

OSTELLO DELLA GIOVENTU Cheap Hostel Via le fonti
0577 941991

CAMPO SPORTIVO Soccer field Loc. Santa Lucia
0577 943128

CAMPO DA TENNIS Tennis ground Loc. Santa Lucia
0577 943120

GUARDIA DI FINANZA
phone: 117

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Saint Gimignano famous all over the world for its medieval towers.
When you'll arrive in San Gimignano and walk through the ancient gates, you'll think the time had stopped many centuries ago.

Just a few miles down the road fom Siena lies enchanting San Gimignano, known around the world for its thirteen medieval towers. In San Gimignano, every street leads to 15 towers.

On a hilltop in the heart of Tuscany stands a majestic medieval walled town, its profile bristling with tall towers. Standing astride the pilgrims route from Northern Europe to Rome it prospered in the thirteenth century. San Gimignano has retained all its old streets, its walls, gates, palaces, strongholds and thirteen towers. Dante came here in 1300 and the room in the Town Museum named after him is decorated with unique frescos of his age.

This is one of the most spectacular cities in Italy. It is a city of towers (only about 17 now, but there were once 72!). It has a quiet majesty about it sitting on the top of a hill with a 360 degree view into the surrounding valleys.

San Gimignano is only about an hour or so West from where we were staying in Chianti. It has the same kinds of narrow alleys as in Florence and Cortona but with incredible sloping streets that follow the contour of the hill.

San Gimignano rises on a hill (334 m), dominating the Elsa valley with its towers. Seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (the 3rd and the 2nd century b.c.), its history started around the 10th century and the town takes its name from St. Gimignano, Bishop of Modena, who is said to have saved the village from hordes of barbarians. It developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the "Via Francigena" a route that crossed it. Such development led to the flourishing of works of art that adorned the churches and monasteries. In 1199 it became a free Municipality, fighting against the Bishops of Volterra and against the surrounding municipalities. It suffered from internal struggles dividing itself into two factions headed by the Ardinghelli family (Guelphs) and the Salvucci family (Ghibellines). On 8th May 1300, Dante Alighieri came to San Gimignano as the Ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany. The terrible Black Death in 1348 and the following depopulation of San Gimignano led to a serious crisis and therefore it was forced to submit to Florence. San Gimignano managed to overcome its degradation and isolation in the following centuries when its beauty and cultural importance together with its original agricultural identity, were rediscovered.

The history of the city goes back to the 6th.Century A.C., when the Etruscans started to expand the horizon of their territories from Volterra.
The name of the city: throughout the centuries
San Gimignano has changed it's name a number of times: from Velathri, to Silva, to finally San Gemignano: named after the patron saint of the city.
The fame of San Gemignano: the city became world famous towards the end of the 9th.Century and became an obvious resting place for pilgrims travelling along the pilgrims way. The Via Francigena, along which commercial trade developed.


Between 1000 and 1200,
San Gimignano became a Rigoglioso town and the first fortified walls were built, of which today we can still admire three of its four arches: Arco della Cancelleria, Arco de'Becci e Di Goro.
Then followed the building of numerous towers: 72 in all, a symbol of economic and political prosperity.
In 1255 the second fortified walls were built that include the three new castles of San Giovanni, San Matheo and Quercechio.
Between the 13th and 14th centuries the town became so extravagant in it's luxuries that the town hall had to impose limits.

A small hilltop town crowned by a cluster of tall medieval towers, San Gimignano is often referred to as the Tuscan Manhattan. You will visit a nearby winery and sample Tuscany's most famous white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano.


Views from Grossa tower San Gimignano

Views from Grossa tower San Gimignano: climb Torre Grossa, the only one of the towers which is open to the public.

Inside the town there are several small museums, as always a number of churches, interesting restaurants, coffee and wine bars, and gelateries with gelato to die for in Piazza della Cisterna..The pottery here, and other arts and crafts, are also worth a look and the art galleries and artists selling their work in the open air near the Rocca (fortress) are appealing.
Tour buses deliver multitudes of people for a stay of a few hours in the middle of the day.


San Gimignano and the medieval streets ...

 

Afterwards, as time allows, you may stroll the narrow streets of San Gimignano, see the spectacular frescos in the Duomo, climb La Rognosa, the tower of City hall, or visit specialty food shops that feature delicacies such as prosciutto di cinghiale (made from wild boar) and the local version of panforte, Siena's traditional spiced cake.

 

 


---- How to arrive in San GImignano (Siena) ----

From NORTH: follow the FLORENCE direction in freeway A1 and exit to FLORENCE CERTOSA. Therefore to continue towards SIENA on the provincial one to 4 way and exit to POGGIBONSI NORTH (40 km approximately). Then follow the tourist indications for SAN GIMIGNANO (11 km far approximately).

From SOUTH: exit from the freeway A1 to VALDICHIANA therefore continue in SIENA direction (30 km approximately) and take the 4 way provincial to FLORENCE direction and exit to POGGIBONSI NORTH (25 km approximately). Follow the tourist indications for SAN GIMIGNANO (11 km far approximately).

Links:
sangimignano.com
comune.sangimignano.si.it

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