The City of Beautiful Tower, San Gimignano

September 15, 2012 Destinations Europe No comments

In north central Italy, Tuscany there is a small town San Gimignano that named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. What makes this small town became famous and visited by tourists? The beautiful tower.

San Gimignano has 14 unique towers soaring to the sky which is a relic from the time of the Renaissance. Previously there were 72 towers at one time, but many do not survive past the time.

The town consists of only 7000 populations keeps the car-free streets, and there are many restaurants and cafes. Pandalings, if you’re a fan of Italian food, in here you can enjoy Italian sweets, bread, cheese, gelaterias with the creamiest gelato or pizza.

Founded as a small village in the 3rd century BC by the Etruscans, in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, San Gimignano was used as a stopping point for Catholic pilgrims on their way to Rome.

Beginning in the 13th century, around 72 tower houses were built by San Gimignano’s patrician families as symbols of their wealth and power. 14 of these towers have survived the ages and can still be enjoyed by visitors today. The town is also home to a fine collection of Italian art masterpieces dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries.

San Gimignano originally grew around two main squares, the Piazza della Cisterna and the Piazza del Duomo. The Piazza della Cisterna is the town’s most famous square, and it is here that marks the junction between the Via Francigena and the road leading from Pisa to Siena.  The square was once used as a market place and as a focal point for festivals and tournaments.

To get a fantastic view of the surrounding Tuscan countryside, it’s well worth climbing the tallest of the town’s towers, 54 metre high Torre Grossa.

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When you are on the top of Torre Grossa you can enjoy 360 degree views of the Tuscan countryside of anywhere in the region.

As well as the beauty of the city, San Gimignano is also famous for its wine. The Vernaccia San Gimignano wine is one of the most valued in all of Tuscany and Italy. If you visit San Gimignano you will find vineyards spread over the valley. An incredibly beautiful!

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Photos from: normsonline.wordpress.com, alexandnatalie.com, timetravelturtle.com, yzblog.hu, postcardsfromtuscany.com, ritamonti.com

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