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  San Gimignano   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
San Gimignano, famous for vernaccia and for its towers, stands on top of a pass that dominates the Valley of Elsa.
In 1199, San Gimignano became a free town, fought against the Bishops of Volterra and the surrounding towns, and suffered from internal conflicts, which ended up dividing it into two sections, one headed by the Ardinghelli (guelfi) and the other by the Salvucci (ghibellini).
San Gimignano only got out of the degradation and abandonment of the following centuries when the beauty of the town, its cultural importance and its original agricultural identity started to be rediscovered.
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 San Gimignano - accommodations
San Gimignano stands on a hill dominating the valley of the river Elsa.
In 1199, San Gimignano became a free municipality and fought against the Bishops of Volterra and the surrounding municipalities.
In 1348 San Gimignano's population was drastically reduced by the Black Death throwing the town into a serious crisis which eventually led to its submission to Florence in 1353.
www.san-gimignano.com   (683 words)

 San Gimignano: Town Walls and Rocca of Montestaffoli | Tuscany Vacation
The medieval village of San Gimignano rises on a hill 56 km south of Florence.
Since its ancient history San Gimignano was under the jurisdiction of the nearby and powerful city of Volterra and was first under the control of the Bishops of that same city.
In these years the city skyline of Saint Gimignano was studded with numerous towers, symbols and testimonies to the fortune of the families that possessed them, and still today the city is known throughout the world as 'San Gimignano dalle belle torri' (San Gimignano with the beautiful towers).
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 San Gimignano, Tuscany
In 949 San Gimignano was incorporated as a city, and by 998 the residents had built their first set of city walls.
San Gimignano's location has also come to its aid, just as it did when the town sat astride the main road to the Alps.
San Gimignano was governed from the neighboring Piazza del Duomo.
www.seetuscany.com /itineraries/sangim.htm   (1555 words)

 San Gimignano Travel Guide, Tourist Attractions and Tourism Resources
San Gimignano became a free municipality in the early 12th century.
When all the world changed under the onslaught of economic and technological development, San Gimignano was left marooned on its verdant green hillside, its feudal atmosphere trapped within its walls.
Official documents dating as far back as 1276 mention the wine, and efforts were made by the San Gimignano administration to control the trade in Vernanccia, indications that its fame had spread through Tuscany and the rest of Italy.
www.traveltuscany.net /tourism-in-tuscany/places/san_gimignano.html   (1463 words)

 San Gimignano Tourist Information | Italy Heaven
San Gimignano is a busy tourist town, acting as a magnet to daytrippers from all around Tuscany as well as those choosing to stay longer in this attractive little town [San Gimignano hotels].
San Gimignano also has a Museo Archeologico (€3.50 admission charge, or €7.50 combined with the town's other museums), where the town's archaeological collection is displayed.
Note that buses to and from San Gimignano aren't that frequent - the timetable is on the bus stop, so check return times in advance, and be prepared for hordes of other tourists returning to Poggibonsi/Siena in the afternoon.
www.italyheaven.co.uk /tuscany/sangimignano.html   (1043 words)

 Tuscany | Destination Weddings in San Gimignano
The town of San Gimignano is surrounded by three sets of walls and retains 14 of the original 72 medieval towers.
But best of all San Gimignano is a place to discover on foot, climbing up to La Rocca, the fortress which is now a park or sitting at a cafe' enjoying a cool glass of the Vernaccia white wine this region is so famous for.
Whether you choose to hold your reception in a restaurant in the heart of San Gimignano or in one of many villas - both private and hotels - or the romantic castles, San Gimignano is sure to be a happy choice for couples wanting to marry in Tuscany.
www.italian-weddings.com /destination_wedding_locations/tuscany/san_gimignano.html   (382 words)

 San Gimignano History - Sangimignano.net
San Gimignano rose from an ancient etruscan settlement around a seventh century parish and a castle gave to the Volterra’s episcope in 929; during the XII century became a city-republic.
Its first walls were born in 998, when San Gimignano became a business centre along the Francigena Way.
The Urban structure and the numerosity of civil and religious buildings of San Gimignano, almost intact, preserve the medievale fascination; nowdays remain only 15 of the 72 towers, unbroken or cropped, but they are enough to give an unmistakable mark to the town.
www.sangimignano.net /history   (127 words)

 Easy brief San Gimignano Travel Guide, san Gimignano tourist information.
San Gimignano is situated in Tuscany, halfway between Siena and Florence.
San Gimignano contains many remains and several works of 14th and 15th century Italian art, especially from the Sienese and Florentine schools.
Worthy of note are the "Annunciazione" by Filippo Lippi, (1482), the "Crucifix" by Marcovaldo (1260), the tabernacle of Santa Fina, the patron saint of San Gimignano and "Madonna in Gloria", painted by Pinturicchio in 1512.
www.ilpalio.org /brief_sangimignano.htm   (729 words)

 San Gimignano : Introduction | Frommers.com
At the top of Via San Giovanni is the center of town, formed by two interlocking triangular piazze: Piazza della Cisterna, centered around a 1237 well, and Piazza del Duomo, flanked by the city's main church and civic palace.
Both spaces are guarded by the tall medieval towers that have made San Gimignano, "city of the beautiful towers," the poster child for Italian hill towns everywhere.
San Gimignano is by far the most popular Tuscan hill town, a day-trip destination for masses of tour buses coming from Siena and Florence.
www.frommers.com /destinations/sangimignano/2536010001.html   (481 words)

 Fattoria San Donato - Farmhouse - San Gimignano - Tuscany
San Donato is in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, only few km from the centre of San Gimignano.
When you enter in the town, at the first roundabout, follow the signs to San Donato/Volterra for about 4.5 km and then turn left to San Donato, where there is our farmhouse.
Turn left to San Gimignano and when you reach the town, at the roundabout, follow the signs to San Donato.
www.tuscany.net /sandonato/pages/reach.htm   (349 words)

 San Gimignano - Sight-Seeing
This church, first dedicated to San Giminiano, bishop of Modena, was dedicated to St. Mary in 1575, after it had been enlarged.
The oldest one, dedicated to San Nicolò, was outside the town walls, where the “Ospedale degli Innocenti” was later built.
At the beginning of the XIX century the paintings on the two walls of the chapel were brought to light and it was discovered that they had been made by Bartolo di Fredi around 1374.
www.realitaly.com /sangimignano/sight.html   (1346 words)

 San Gimignano - art and architecture of San Gimignano   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In 1238, work to enlarge and embellish the church began and continued until the end of the 17 C. The Saints of San Gimignano such as St. Fina, St. Bartolo, St. Piero The Martyr and the Blessed Ciardo, were worshipped and celebrated in the church.
Gimignano, the Saint and Bishop of Modena, has his remains and his altar here.
The frescoes in the chancel representing Episodes from the life of St. Agostino were painted by Benozzo Gozzoli between 1464 and 1465 with the help of two of his pupils, Pier Francesco Fiorentino and Giusto d’Andrea who also painted the votive fresco of St. Sebastiano.
www.san-gimignano.com /architecture.htm   (908 words)

 San Gimignano
In 998, San Gimignano was still a village on the edges of Francigena.
San Gimignano began to grow in the Low Mediaeval period when it found itself in a geographically strategically important position.
The commune of San Gimignano, like many other neighbouring communes, was involved in the conflicts between the Guelfs that had the backing of the Pope and the Ghibellines who were on the side of the Emperor.
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 Hotels San Gimignano Italy - Venere.com
La Collegiata hotel is perfectly situated amidst the splendid Tuscan countryside, close to San Gimignano, which is a lively centre of artistic excellence.
Villasanpaolo Hotel, a 20th century aristocratic villa, is a fully air conditioned property, surrounded by a park with secular trees and by the greenery of the Tuscan hills near San Gimignano.
The Hotel Le Renaie, a haven of countryside tranquillity, is situated just 5 km from San Gimignano in the highest part of the picturesque village of Pancole, once the home of a dynasty of Carolingian counts and now famous for its 17th century sanctuary...
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 Shore excursion to Volterra and San Gimignano
The town owes its wealth and importance to the fact that it was on the "Via Francigena" which was the medieval route that linked France with Rome, and was traveled by pilgrims and merchants.
If time allows it, on the way to San Gimignano a stop can be made to admire the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Once in San Gimignano you will be given time to see all the major highlights.
www.drivinguide.com /shore_excursion_volterra_san_gimignano.htm   (330 words)

 San gimignano
The apartments and bedrooms are in the historical centre of San Gimignano and they have the view on the city and on the countryside.
In the historical center of San Gimignano to 50 mt. from the famous Piazza della Cisternar, there are three comfortable rooms with bathroom that are ready to accommodate...
The words are not enough to describe this palace, built in the XIV centenary, when San Gimignano was in the period of the highest importance.
www.asangimignano.com /index.php?l=eng&p=strutture   (877 words)

 cityfacts.it - Information about San Gimignano, Italy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The 'Town of Towers' as referred to by many, San Gimignano was the 'Manhattan of the Medieval times' with its 76+ towers competing to reach the sky.
Eventually San Gimignano was divided into two factions headed by two power families: The Ardinghelli family (Guelphs) and the the Salvucci family (Ghibellines).
San Gimignano is about 60 kilometres from Florence and 40 kilometres from Siena and is easily reached but car.
www.cityfacts.it /San_Gimignano.html   (839 words)

 San Gimignano travel guide
San Gimignano in Tuscany is famous for its towers.
The city gained its promenance due to its location rising from the hills of the Upper Elsa Valley, facing the land of Volterra and positioned right on one of the most important stretches of the mediaeval Via Francigena, is famous all over the world.
San Gimignano is noted mainly for its medieval towers.
www.world66.com /europe/italy/tuscany/sangimignano   (247 words)

 San Gimignano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On May 8, 1300, San Gimignano hosted Dante Alighieri in his role of ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany.
San Gimignano is the birthplace of the poet Folgore da San Gimignano (1270-1332).
M.C. Escher's 1923 woodcut "San Gimignano" depicts the celebrated towers (see http://www.mcescher.com/ - Gallery: Italian Period).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/San_Gimignano   (629 words)

 Photographs of San Gimignano
San Gimignano at sunset from the edge of the Chianti hills.
San Gimignano, the 'Medieval Manhattan' of Tuscany, Italy.
The main street of San Gimignano winds uphill to two of its famous medieval stone towers.
www.lodgephoto.com /galleries/italy-tuscany/sangimignano   (243 words)

 Villa Tuscany Siena San Gimignano Accommodation In Italy Vacation & Holiday Rentals
This farm estate has 40 hectares of land at its disposal and is situated in the splendid landscape of the Chianti hills.The property lies in a woody area, a refuge for numerous wild animals.
It is in the centre of an ideal triangle, where the vertexes are Volterra, San Gimignano and Colle Val d'Elsa.
Guests are welcomed in 4 farm houses of the 16th century, completely restored and independent, furnished with taste by the owners, with beautiful antique forniture.
www.italy-vacationrental.com /villa/tuscany/siena/san_gimignano   (1214 words)

 San Gimignano
San Gimignano owes its former importance to its location along the “Via Francigena”, the Francs’ Road, which was the merchants North/South trade line as well as the route of the pilgrims on their way to Rome.
The inhabitants proved to be excellent merchants and thus came to remarkable wealth; this also found its manifestation in daily life causing the authorities to pass a law against excessive luxury.
When, still in Medieval times, the swamps were drained the route of Via Francigena changed more and more to the areas easier to travel, thus San Gimignano lost its importance, was forgotten and impoverished.
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 Casolare di Libbiano - hotel, San Gimignano Tuscany
Il Casolare di Libbiano is a stones throw from the famous towers of San Gimimgnano and a verdant oasis of peace and tranquility.
LOCATION: Casolare di Libbiano is near to San Gimignano as well as with easy reach of most important Tuscan places of interest.
We know that during the centuries this monastery was transformed in to a farm and that in the 15th century was property of the "Ardinghelli", one of the most important and famous families of "San Gimignano".
www.intuscany.net /hotels/casolare_libbiano.htm   (928 words)

 True Nature » san gimignano
the day was nearing an end, but there was one thing i knew i wanted to do when being in san gimignano, and that was to climb one of the remaining fourteen towers that had stood the test of time.
San Gimignano is one of my favorite places.
I love San Gimignano, it’s one of my favourite places in Tuscany …; thanks for sharing this, it makes me want to go back for a visit soon..
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 For a Tourist Town, Too Much of a Good Thing in San Gimignano - New York Times
Like many Italian tourist-magnets, San Gimignano has been increasingly challenged to balance the cultural cravings of foreign sightseers with the impact such popularity has on the town, bearing in mind that the local economy depends substantially on tourists.
Most visitors to San Gimignano whiz through the town in less than an hour, barely enough time to bask in the shadow of its famed towers.
Originally based in San Gimignano, four years ago she opted for the less frenetic pace of another part of Tuscany.
travel2.nytimes.com /2006/08/13/travel/13sangimignano.html?th&emc=th   (1043 words)

 San Gimignano travel guide - Wikitravel
Europe : Mediterranean Europe : Italy : Tuscany : San Gimignano
San Gimignano is a pretty mediaeval walled city in Tuscany, Italy, famous for its beautiful towers.
Torre Prima FarmHouse, [1] Torreprima holidays house is 4 Km away from the historical center of San Gimignano, and is situated on top of a hill from where it is possible to delight the beautiful view over the surrounding valleys of olive groves and vineyards.
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