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San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a Medieval Manhattan. The city with a hundred towers of which several have withstood time and are still intact today; surviving the wars between two enemy families from the same city that culminated when the defeated and exiled rival family had it’s tower destroyed.

The vertical growth of medieval architecture was principally due to the defensive needs of the city together with the difficulty faced enlarging the perimeter of the defensive walls around the city to accommodate the fast growing population because the cities were almost always perched on the summits of small mountains or high ground. It was also a competition between the most powerful families of the city to build the tallest and most impressive tower. Cities such as Florence and Siena were studded with towers but only the towers of both their town halls remain standing today.

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano in the 12th and 13th centuries was a rich and flourishing city full of merchants and artisans and a crucial commercial hub on the Via Francigena between Rome and North Europe. Ironically it owes its present good fortune, as does Siena, to the plague epidemic of 1348 that wiped out 70% of Europe’s population, halting the demographic and economic growth. The city was forced to remain as it was then, and today has become one of the most visited destinations by tourists from all over the world.

There are many places to stay of differing standards in the city and in the surrounding countryside; Exclusive private luxury villas; romantic hotels; elegant and luxurious relais, resorts and historical country houses, finely renovated.

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