San Gimignano Region

San Gimignano is famous for its many medieval towers….that today 13 of the 72 original still remain intact and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humanity.

Close your eyes and dream of being in the past….. entering through an ancient gate,  strolling through the narrow streets of the village of San Gimignano where the towers built in medieval times by the most influential families touched the sky…the higher the tower, the more powerful the family!

….and now imagine you are the few lucky people that can admire all of this!

The name of San Gimignano is also linked to the production of the Vernaccia, the white wine locally produced,  served at a cool temperature and which  gives  pleasure during the warm summer.

You don’t have to drive far to find a menu based on the Tuscan kitchen….bruschetta,  prosciutto,  salame,  home-made pasta…and for dessert the best Italian  ice-cream you have ever tasted!

Some places to visit:

It is a splendid fortified town that appears on the summit of a hill built by the people of Siena during the Middle Ages to defend the ancient Republic against the attacks from Florence. It is undoubtedly the best conserved and most significant example of the “walled town” in the territory of Siena and of all Tuscany. Still now it is completely surrounded by strong walls with 14 quadrangular towers.

Colle Val d’Elsa
It was first an Etruscan town and then a Roman one, but now it is known for its excellent crystal production that we can admire in the local workshops.

 It still retains its medieval character, charm and atmosphere. The medieval structure has remained almost unchanged throughout the centuries due to its isolated position that has impeded any progressive development.
Volterra is also the city of alabaster, a semi-translucent stone, even used by  the Etruscans. The alabaster is craft and sold in the little workshops which line the streets of the historic center of Volterra.

It is still an intact medieval village-type; Palazzo Pretorio which is on the top of the fortified hill surrounded by powerful walls, beautiful churches as that of Saints Jacopo and Filippo, noble palaces such as Stiozzi-Ridolfi Palace with porticoed courtyard and arches, tower-houses and narrow streets which they lead to circle the walls.