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Favorite thing: According to the legend, a young Roman laid the town's foundation stone. Having fled Rome, following the conspiracy by Catiline, Silvio is said to have stopped here, where he built Castello della Selva. Later on, Selva or Silva was named San Gimignano in honour of the Bishop of Modena, the town's saviour.
The town's history, however, is entirely medieval. In the 11th century the village began to grow around the castle of Bishop Abelard, known also as Monte alla torre. Right from the beginning, San Gimignano was subject to rule by the Bishops of Volterra, from which it was released at the end of the 12th century, when it gained municipal independence.

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  • Updated Aug 29, 2005
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