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Old Town of San Gimignano, Italy

From series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting towns in Tuscany. In 1990 its historical centre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical symbol of the city is a complex of strengthening structures and 14 towers. Every tower has its own history because every tower was built by one local family.

Old Town of San Gimignano, Italy So, the well-off locals tried to underline their crucial finance and social status. That’s why it was spent a lot of money for the building. According to the historical data, in the Medieval time, there were built about 60 towers but only 14 were saved until today. Torre Grossa is the tallest tower in San Gimignano, with 54 meters high. Torre del Diavolo is the most mysterious, twin towers Torri Dei Salvucci are the most beautiful.

On the territory of the historical centre you also can find some marvellous palaces. One of them is the Communal Palace, which was built in the first part of the 14th century. Nowadays it is a home for an outstanding art gallery. Gamucci Palace and Ficarelli Palace have placed in their halls the items from the main city museum. Experienced tourists try to visit San Gimignano at last weekends of July for the traditional art festival. Next - Historical center of Siena


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ATM bankomat: 'Azienda Usl7 Di Siena' located in 11 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Autonoleggio Bellini Taxi' is located in 6.74 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Sgd Carburanti' in 6.77 km
Supermarket: 'Le Gemelle' in 0.13 km
Parking: 'Motorhome Aire, Santa Chiara' in 5.87 km
Apotheek: 'Farmacia Mazzei Della D.Ssa Casagli Maria Cristina' in 7.23 km
Police station: 'Carabinieri Comando Stazione San Gimignano' in 6.96 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Ristorante Tre Archi' in 0.04 km
Railway station: 'Barberino Val d'Elsa' in 12 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Siena Airport SAY - in 25 km
 »  Peretola Airport FLR - in 47 km
 »  Galileo Galilei Airport PSA - in 59 km
 »  Grosseto (Baccarini) Airport GRS - in 72 km
 »  Marina di Campo Airport EBA - in 95 km
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Best hotels near Old Town of San Gimignano

Podere Il Caggiolino

Located in 0 km from Old Town of San Gimignano
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Rooms: 5
Each classic room includes a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. The Il Caggiolino is a 20-minute drive from San Gimignano. Monteriggioni … More: photo, rates and booking
Apartment Gelsomino Del Selvatellino Casole D Elsa

Located in 3 km from Old Town of San Gimignano
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Rooms: 1
La Pergola

Located in 4 km from Old Town of San Gimignano
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Rooms: 21
Apartments have an equipped kitchen, an outdoor dining area, and are simply furnished. The private bathroom comes with a shower or bath tub. The … More: photo, rates and booking
Torraccia di Chiusi Agriturismo Relais

Located in 5 km from Old Town of San Gimignano
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Rooms: 11
The rooms are simply furnished and come with flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is an international buffet. The restaurant of Torraccia di … More: photo, rates and booking

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Fortezza Medicea Restaurant
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Historical center of Siena
23 km - Historical center of Siena
The historical part of Siena is also a world heritage site. This area has saved its Medieval aura. Piazza del Campo is a place where most of the excursions begin because around the square you can find a lot of interesting architectural buildings. A wonderful Palazzo …
Siena
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Basilica di Santa Croce
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Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
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Top destination around Old Town of San Gimignano - Tuscany

The town of San Gimignano is often called the ‘city of towers;’ not far from it there is a place of indescribable beauty, Orcia Valley. Vano Vignoni is famous due to ancient Roman thermae; you can see the thermal pool even in the downtown instead of the traditional square or park. You could find nice hotels in rural areas; they appeal to those who love to relax outdoors and those devoting a lot of time to hiking. Bicycle is the most popular mode of transport among tourists traveling around cities of Tuscany. While walking you can explore all the interesting places and enjoy the scenery of the place.
Visits to vineyards in Tuscany are very popular; there are several major centers of wine production. There are restaurants and wineries close to vineyards, where you can taste the best wines and buy a couple of bottles as souvenirs.

Viareggio situated on the coast is the center of entertainment. Fans of nightlife, noisy parties, luxury restaurants and hotels would enjoy time there. Shoppers also won’t be bored, as they could find a variety of shopping malls and trendy boutiques in the city. In Cortona you can distract from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in a harmonious atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Beautiful palaces, cathedrals and castles are main attractions of this charming Italian city. Tuscany is a haven for curious tourists eager for new experiences and discoveries.
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