Tuscany, Italy

San Gimignano

Also known as the medieval Manhattan as some like to call it, San Gimignano is a small town from the 8th century that was originally an Etruscan village. Those who wish to know how Tuscany looked like in medieval times should definitely come and check out the cobblestone streets, stone towers, vineyards, and olive groves of San Gimignano.

What to See

One of the most beautiful spots in this small medieval town is surely the main square Piazza del Duomo. It is surrounded by 14 towers and overlooks the vineyards that are known for their worldwide famous Vernaccia wine.  If you are looking to take that perfect picture of San Gimignano and the surrounding area, climb the tower Torre Grossa. This tower also houses masterworks by Lippo Memmi, Filippino Lippi, and Benozzo Gozzoli.

History of San Gimignano

San Gimignano was named after the bishop of Modena who saved the village from Attila the Hun. Originally, there were 72 towers in the town. Building tall towers become a popular trend among wealthy families who wanted to flaunt their power over the other nearby towns. Sadly, the plague in 1348 destroyed the economy and killed most of the residents that lead to the surrender to Florence in 1353.