"Historic San Gimignano" Italy Favorite Tip by deecat

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  San Gimignano Washday Scene
by deecat

Favorite thing: You know that you've found San Gimignano when you see the 13 towers that dominate its skyline. These towers were built by noble families who fought each other during the 12th and 13th centuries. At the time, San Gimignano was an important town, but after the plague of the mid 1300's, its economy declined as did its importance.

The town remains mostly medieval and filled with great restaurants, lovely shops, and important works of art.
The town's oldest tower is probably at Palazzo Vecchio del Podesta (1200's).
For shopping, Via San Giovanni is the best for local goods.

In my opinion, the best sites to visit are the MUSEO CIVICO with its great art work; a 12th century Romanesque church (COLLEGIATA) with its beautiful frescoes and all the narrow streets and lanes with multiple opportunities for great photographs.

Fondest memory: It was a holiday when we arrived, and the streets were jam packed with mostly Italians enjoying family time. We found the people of San Gimignano to be friendly, open, and kind. They, unlike some locals in other cities, loved to pose for photographs.

Photograph: I snapped this photo as I sat at a table in the patio section of our hotel. A woman who lived in the building next door, talked to her neighbors as she hung her wash on the line outside her window.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 22, 2005
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