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San Gimignano

Almost certainly of Etruscan origin, San Gimignano is mentioned for the first time in the 10th century. It belonged to the bishop of Volterra at least until the end of the 12th century, and owes its economic and urban development to the Via Francigena, for which it became a stopping-off place even before the year 1000. Albeit intermittently, it was a free Comune between the 13th and 14th century, but it rapidly declined after the 1348 plague.
A UNESCO heritage site since 1990, San Gimignano is known throughout the world for its extraordinary well-preserved old town centre. The famous aristocratic towers, very common in all medieval towns, have here escaped destruction and collapse to a unique extent. They were largely erected by local families, who made their money from trade in Europe and in the Mediterranean. Its museums, valuable works of art, and numerous monuments, such as the Collegiata, Palazzo Comunale and the Torre Grossa, help to make this small town one of the must-sees in the Siena area.

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