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San Gimignano in the rain

DSCN3431If you have possibility to visit this small walled medieval hill town, don’t wonder too much! Just go! And it doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or rainy. This town has its unique beauty that it’s so good to discover. Weather is absolutely not important.

I had strong rain . . . but I don’t regret even for a moment! Was happy to be there and took some pictures for you. But it doesn’t change a fact that will go there one more time on sunny day.

At the beginning a bit of history . . . everything started in the 1st century, when two patrician brothers, Muzio and Silvio fled Rome and built two castles, Mucchio and Silvia (now San Gimignano). The name of Silvia was changed to San Gimignano. Then entered Bishop Geminianus with his intervention to spare the castle from destruction. As a result, a church was dedicated to the Saint and in the 6th and 7th centuries a walled village grew up around it. So like this in essence was formed this small and picturesque town.

As you will learn San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers and it’s famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form “an unforgettable skyline”. You can’t miss Piazza della Cisterna (that is the main square of the town), Piazza Duomo, and of course famous towers.

Within the walls, you can find the buildings that are examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant’ Agostino contain beautiful frescos.

What is more the “Historic Centre of San Gimignano”, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano. You can taste it and buy it there. Also if you are lover of small Tuscany shops with typical products as well as souvenirs for sure you will be not disappointed.

At the end some practical information about how to get there. Everything you can find here http://www.sienamobilita.it/orari.html. Bus number 130 departs every 40 minutes. The travel time is about 70 minutes. And single ticket costs 6 EUR.

So what are you waiting for?! 🙂 Don’t forget to add San Gimignano to your travel list.
In spite of all I wish you a sunny day there. But as I mentioned even rain doesn’t have an impact. This you can see below.

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83 thoughts on “San Gimignano in the rain

  1. How funny, I’m just visiting a friend near Venice and she was talking about San Gimignano yesterday and I might go there this Friday when the sun is out 😉
    Ciao, Poul

  2. Siena was the highlight of my visit to Tuscany, but San Gimignano was a very close second. Went on a Sunday first but it was so crowded, I couldn’t find a parking place, so went back in the middle of the week and spent the entire day exploring the town.

    The story of the many clock towers is fascinating. When they ring on the hour, some or them several minutes behind the others. Apparently, God does not care if you keep accurate time in San Gimignano as long as your tower is beautiful – and taller than all the others!

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  4. Your photos brought back memories of our own visit there some ten years ago. Also did Volterra and Lucca, but unfortunately not Siena. Will have to return! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Grazie mille!

    • you are welcome! my pleasure to visit your blog! thank you for your comment 🙂 happy that you enjoyed your time in Tuscany 🙂 It is never too late for Siena:) have a nice weekend 🙂

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  6. Wow, I last went there as a child in the early 80’s. It’s clear that 30 years without italy is a bit too much!

  7. I have wanted to visit this citadel ever since I saw it in Tea with Mussolini ! Next agenda: San Gimignano ! Ciao !
    The Castle Lady ; )

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