"Italy: San Gimignano" Europe Off The Beaten Path Tip by tini58de

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  San Gimignano, Italy
by tini58de

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"San Gimignano delle belle Torri" is situated in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims on the Via Francigena to and from Rome. The patrician families, who controlled the city, built some 72 tower-houses (up to 50m high) as symbols of their wealth and power. Only 14 have survived but San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The city also contains masterpieces of 14th and 15th-century Italian art.

Website: http://whc.unesco.org/sites/550.htm

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  • Written Apr 16, 2003
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