The Medieval Town of San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a medieval hill town in Tuscany, also known as the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages”. In fact, in the fourteenth century, as many as 72 watchtowers stood in defense of the walled city. Nowadays still stand 14 of the original towers giving San Gimignano its unique Skyline.

In addition to the well-preserved historical center I was also fascinated by the surrounding countryside of rolling hills with vineyards and olive groves. Since 1990 the “Historic Centre of San Gimignano” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



12 Responses to “The Medieval Town of San Gimignano”

  1. Mio~Caro~Sole

    Beautiful pictures! It’s such a pretty (and tiny) town. Unfortunately I only got to spend an hour and a bit there. Another time.. Thank you for sharing.

    • Antonio Violi

      Thank you. Unfortunately those visiting San Gimignano on a short daytrip often find themself among crowds of tourists. In the evening and early morning San Gimignano is much more quiet and you can enjoy the town. Regards

  2. Thom Hickey

    Thanks. Very atmospheric. Brings back lots of memories of my visits to Tuscany. Looking forward to many more visits here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin).


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