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San Gimignano – A town built by monks

San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a beautiful town in Tuscany, Italy. The town was founded in the 12th century and is famous for its medieval towers. San Gimignano is also known as the “Town of Fine Towers”.

It is situated between Florence (about 30km) and Siena (about 60km). You can reach it by car or by train. To get there by car you need to take motorway A1 exit number 8 then follow signs to San Gimignano/Siena/Volterra/Montepulciano/Pisa/Arezzo/Massa Marittima.

The town has many beautiful buildings including churches, museums and palaces. The most famous buildings are the cathedral and the bell tower which are located in Piazza della Cisterna.

The history of San Gimignano

The town’s name means Saint Geminianus, after a bishop who lived there in the 6th century. In the 8th century, it became an important trading center and then was sacked by Saracens, who burned it down in 899.

The town was rebuilt over time and flourished again as a trading center until 1350, when it was destroyed by Pisa during a war between the two cities. The town had been prosperous due to its wool industry but fell into decline after this attack.

It was founded in the 10th century by monks who were fleeing from other territories due to political unrest. The town grew quickly and became known for its wine production and as a trading center for silk. In retaliation for being taxed by the papacy, the people of San Gimignano began to attack neighboring towns with crossbows (not exactly “peaceful” monks). This practice continued until 1348 when the city was attacked by Florence which resulted in more destruction than usual–and an end to the attacks on neighboring towns!


If you’re looking for good food, one cute place that will suite your taste is Ristorante Dorando set in the heart of San Gimignano, between the charming Piazza Duomo and Piazza Cisterna, it is part of a 14th century building.

San Gimignano also offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities. There are many museums and art galleries where you can learn more about how this city was founded and how it grew over time into what it is today. One notable museum is Museo Civico di San Gimignano, which contains artifacts from throughout history including paintings and sculptures dating back as far as 1350 A.D.. Another great museum is Museo della Cattedrale di San Gimignano, which contains pieces from churches around town such as frescoes from Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral Church

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