Historic Centre of San Gimignano

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Historic Centre of San Gimignano

Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Radek77
Prague, Czech Republic22 contributions
You have to visit
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited city in July. Lucky we’re there around 10am. It was easy to park. It’s was one of best trip in Tuscany and best ice cream in Italy for sure!
Written July 9, 2021
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,644 contributions
all closed but shops and restaurants
Jun 2021
coming to San Gimignano on a one-day trip from Siena, we were faced with all attractions being closed. one could wander the old roads, look at the old buildings and towers, shop in the never ending line of tourist shops and eat and drink in the many restaurants around. but all museums, even the cathedral were closed without any notice on internet. disappointing and frustrating for an Unesco site! and a very poor performance of the city management in communications.
Written June 24, 2021
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945alinab
Bucharest, Romania432 contributions
great experience
Jun 2021
I loved this place that much..that instead of a road trip ( that we planned) we stayed here all the time. I like this city the most and I consider this part as the rea; Tuscany :))
Written June 20, 2021
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to_experience_new
Sweden1,042 contributions
A must
Jul 2020
Another typical Tuscan village, well not that typical, it has a lot of high towers first dating from when it was a defense issue in the wars between Florence and Siena. Later it became a status symbol, the bigger the tower the bigger … Well, you get the point. It also has a lot of small, narrow streets with nice shops and restaurant. Do make the effort, climb the stairs in Torre Grossa, and don’t miss the wonderful mural paintings in the basilica.
Written May 13, 2021
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Ingrid
8 contributions
Somebody stop this
Jan 2021
We found this ancient hear of San Gimignano exploited to the max. Have some respect for this awesome place and put a stop to this commercial thuggery.
Written February 15, 2021
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,180 contributions
Why is San Gimignano for some a highlight even more attractive than Siena?
Dec 2020
I have often wondered why a visit to San Gimignano today - and even more so in the past - is more attractive for many of international tourists than even a visit to nearby Siena.
I came to the conclusion that this happens because, although Siena has a role in the history, economy, art history of Tuscany, which is much greater than that of San Gimignano, the latter town - psychologically very rewarding for its skyline, its structure and its small size - lends itself even better than Siena to represent a pre-established idea of ​​Italy: that is, the generic and "naive" idea of ​​the towns preserved as they are (or such seems, which to our purposes is the same) since the Middle Ages, or at least since past times, until today. In short, it's the same type of charm as the one attracting crowds to Civita di Bagnoregio, a town that is completely insignificant in objective terms, but which has its own audience of enthusiasts ("in central Italy I want to visit two places, Florence and Civita", I sometimes read in the TA forums).
Of course San Gimignano doesn't deserve this misunderstanding. Perhaps to dissipate it it's good to try to deconstruct it.
The precious urban form of San Gimignano depends on two historical and geographical factors. The first factor is its relative remoteness from the main urban centers of the region, Florence, Pisa and Siena in the Middle Ages. This remoteness meant that the town could prosper for many decades, without suffering from the "shadow effect" by these cities, huge for the time, certainly among the twenty largest in Europe (Florence also among the top five). Commerce, bank (including usury), export of local saffron, with irradiation up to Flanders on the one hand, in Egypt on the other, account for the prosperity of San Gimignano. This led to urban and building growth, featuring the proliferation of the tower-houses of the most important families, and at least of rather decent homes by the standard of the time, which overall gave the city a noble appearance.
Such growth of the city in the first 350 years of the second millennium entailed, in addition to its expansion, the change of its plan, from an oblong shape in an east-west direction to an oblong shape in a north-south direction, i.e. that of the medieval walls that are still preserved today.
The second factor that made San Gimignano's current urban form precious is its rapid decline. Everywhere in the world, unless deliberate destruction, decay implies conservation and therefore charm: two of the very first tourist destinations in the world, namely Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, have traveled this route. The rapid decline of San Gimignano, due to its fall under the hegemony of Florence in 1351, in the aftermath of the Black Death, took place without substantial destruction, and handed this almost intact urban organism to the contemporary world.
International tourism, for better or for worse, did the rest.
Written December 22, 2020
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adcdiving
Antwerp, Belgium153 contributions
San Gimignano the Manhattan of Tuscany
Oct 2020
San Gimignano, a completely walled city that is also called the Manhattan of Tuscany due to the presence of many towers.

The center of San Gimignano is completely car-free, but fortunately there are enough paid parking spaces (EUR 2 per hour) on the outskirts of the small town. It is probably over here in the high season, but now it is not too bad.
Written November 17, 2020
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bruno l
Singapore, Singapore746 contributions
Highly Touristic place
Aug 2020
Definitely a place to go but highly touristic and very crowded
Difficult to find some peaceful moment except in the smaller streets outside the main one.
Written October 25, 2020
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skip15000
Orlando, FL430 contributions
DON'T MISS!!!
Oct 2020
The cathedral of San Gimignano might not be as popular as the ones in Firenze but the frescos are worth every minute of your visit. Easy price (4 euro) and free audio guide. Amazing depictions of biblical events. I especially was interested in the representation of Hell. A beautiful place. NOTE: photos are not allowed (I think). At least there were signs that said so.
Written October 25, 2020
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Charles K
Winchester, UK1,087 contributions
Good but overrated
Sep 2020 • Couples
A beautiful centre which is good but somewhat overrated as there are hundreds of other towns which have nice historical centres. It's still worth a visit.
Written October 1, 2020
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