Friday, April 29, 2011

ITALY - TUSCANY: SAN GIMIGNANO

After travelling to Rome last year, I have come back to Italy to visit two nice areas of northern Italy: Tuscany and Lombardia. There are really lovely villages in these two provinces of Italy, as well as the beautiful city of Florence.

Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano
Piazza della Cisterna, one of the most beautiful places in San Gimignano



After having spent two nice days in Florence, San Gimignano and Siena were waiting for us. So we woke up early and catched a SITA bus we led us to San Gimignano via Poggibonsi.

That morning of our third day in Tuscany I was eager to visit San Gimignano because I was read that it's the best preserved medieval village in Tuscany. Besides, it's called the Manhattan of Tuscany because of its towers.

We arrived at San Gimignano at 9:30am and the village was really quiet and I could feel its medieval atmosphere. However, after enjoying fantastic views of San Gimignano from the top of  La Torre Grossa, we went to La Piazza della Cisterna and, unfortunately, it was incredibly packed with tourists.

So I strongly recommend visiting San Gimignano from 4pm, when most tourists have gone. Then you will be able to feel the charming medieval atmosphere of this village and enjoy walking quietly along its streets and between its really interesting medieval palazzos.

The most interesting places I visited in San Gimignano were:

  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Palazzo Vecchio del Podestà
  • Torre Grossa (fantastic views from the top)
  • Palazzo del Popolo
  • Piazza Pecori
  • Duomo or Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta
  • La Rocca fortress and city walls
  • Piazza della Cisterna
  • Via San Giovanni

I also recommend walk along la Via de San Matteo and visiting the church of Saint Agostino.

Next I would like to show you some of the pictures I took of these beautiful places in San Gimignano.



Views from Torre Grossa

Palazzo Vecchio del Podesta in San Gimignano
Palazzo Vecchio del Podestá with its vaulted loggia and Piazza del Duomo in San Gimignano. Above it stands the Rognosa Tower or Clock Tower 51 meters high  


Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano
La Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano is ringed with medieval towers and centred on a stone well

Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano
The Clock Tower and, on the right, la Piazza della Cisterna, the heart of San Gimignano together with la Piazza del Duomo

San Gimignano from Torre Grossa Tower
Terracota roofs of San Gimignano on the left and a typical scenery of Tuscany on the right 


Palazzo del Popolo


Palazzo del Popolo and La Torre Grossa in San Gimignano
Palazzo del Popolo and La Torre Grossa in San Gimignano. La Collegiata de Santa Maria appears on the right too


Piazza Pecori


Piazza Pecori in San Gimignano
 Piazza Pecori is a lovely and peaceful square in San Gimignano located next to the Duomo and El Palazzo del Popolo


Piazza del Duomo

Collegiata de Santa Maria Assunta in San Gimignano
Duomo or Collegiata de Santa Maria Assunta in San Gimignano. On the right appears El Palazzo del Popolo and between these buildings there is an arch which leads to Piazza Pecori


Medieval houses in San Gimignano
Typical medieval houses in San Gimignano in Piazza dell'Erbe, next to the Duomo


Rocca fortress


Skyline of San Gimignano
Skyline of San Gimignano from a medieval fortress called La Rocca


Church of San Agostino in San Gimignano
Church of San Agostino in San Gimignano from La Rocca


Piazza della Cisterna



Towers of San Gimignano from Piazza della Cisterna
Towers of San Gimignano from Piazza della Cisterna



Towers of San Gimignano from Piazza della Cisterna
Piazza della Cisterna with the stone well and la Torre Grossa in the background


Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano
Buildings around la Piazza della Cisterna viewed through the stone well


Via San Giovanni

San Gimignano in Tuscany
A lovely corner we found walking along the streets of San Gimignano


Via San Giovanni in San Gimignano
The arch on the right in Via San Giovanni leads to Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano

Via San Giovanni in San Gimignano
Typical souvenirs shops in Via San Giovanni in San Gimignano


Via San Giovanni in San Gimignano
Through la Porta de San Giovanni you can see La Torre Grossa, from which you can enjoy the best views of San Gimignano


I really would have spent all the day in San Gimignano if I had had enough time, but we had to go to Siena in the afternoon, another great town in Tuscany.

Below you can see the places I visited in Tuscany:

- Tuscany

- Lombardia


Finally, you can see more pictures of the days I spent in Rome last year clicking on the next links:

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