If this is not your first visit to Italy and you have already had time to enjoy its lively cities, such as the capital city of Rome, then this is exactly the time to get to know the real Italy and there is no better place to do this than a visit to beautiful Tuscany.
Among the most beautiful and special places in Tuscany, you will find San Gimignano, a beautiful town surrounded by hills and buildings from the Middle Ages. San Gimignano is a great travel destination for lovers of history, landscapes, and architecture and is also a recommended travel destination for families with children thanks to the abundance of attractions and interesting activities which she offers to her visitors.
Among all of these, the historic center of the town is without a doubt the highlight of the place, where various buildings and monuments dating back to the Middle Ages rise high and stand out above its skyline, thus making a great contribution to the special atmosphere that surrounds the place. Thanks to these buildings, the historic center was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO and the magnificent buildings there became central and popular tourist centers among travelers in the area.
Among the most recommended sites to visit, you will first find the city wall, a wall that was built during the Middle Ages and was designed to guard the city and monitor those entering and leaving it. Inside the old city, there are quite a few buildings which are also described for that period and fortunately have been well preserved over the years so that you can be impressed by the spectacular design elements evident in them, especially those from the Romanesque and Gothic styles.
The most prominent buildings are the church buildings (the Collegiate Church and the Saint-Agostino Church) and of course the magnificent building of the Comunale Palace. In addition to these, there are many other religious buildings and public buildings which are also an integral part of the historical center of the city. As for the tall buildings in this area, they were built during the conflict between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines (parties in northern Italy) – these tall towers are a symbol of rivalry, which finally led to the city council’s decision to prohibit the construction at a height that exceeds the height of the palace.
Additional buildings that are recommended to pay attention to during your visit to the city – La Rocca fortress, the main street Via San Matteo, Via San Giovanni, and of course the famous squares of the town – the well square (Piazza della Cisterna), Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), Pecori Square (Piazza Pecori) and Spice Square (Piazza delle Erbe).