Tour in San Gimignano
San Gimignano is the town of beautiful towers.
It was established on a hill by a small Etruscan community around
the 3 rd century BC. During the Middle Ages it became a commercial
nerve centre thanks to the Via Fracigena that passed through it.
took S.Gimignano name from the bishop who saved it from the barbarians
around 900 A.D. and successively became well-known and important
thanks to the great concentration of artists of the epoch who
decided to settle there.
There is still the proof of the many works
of art that decorate the churches and convents. Only in the following
centuries the ancient walls and cultural beauties were rediscovered
and re-evaluated. They can still be admired in this wonderful
San Gimignano is visited by tourists from all over
the world. They are fascinated by its centre and architecture
that still boasts 14 of the 72 towers that in ancient times were
protected by a law that prohibited their demolition if more beautiful
ones were not built to replace them.
We must remember the Rocca
di Montestaffoli from where an unforgettable view can be enjoyed
from its last remaining tower.
Among the artists who lived here
we must remember Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano who directed
the Renaissance construction of the Chapel of Santa Fina and
the Master Domenico Ghirlandaio who gave a narrative tract to Florentine
painting while Antonio del Pollaioli carried out the work of
art, in 1843, which is preserved in the Church of Sant'Agostino.