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Some holiday photos, and 2 videos,

of  San  Gimignano, Tuscany, 2012.

 

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San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town on the ridge of a hill in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is encircled by three walls and has at its highest point, to the west, the ruins of a fortress dismantled in the 16th century. There are eight entrances into the city, set into the second wall, which dates from the 12th and 13th centuries.

Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is 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". Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. 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, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.

Click here for some photos of the church of Saint Augustine, San Gimignano.
                                        (With links to Assisi, Siena and Leccetto.)http://www.saintmarysharborne.org.uk/sangimignano.html
Click here to read about how my search for an iron in San Gimignano led me to meet some complete strangers; but with unexpected results!http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/theiron.html
 


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