A little Tuscan hideaway where time has stood still for centuries. From the breezy streets to its stone houses. Its tall towers, its people and its food make this place a perfect paradise to retire. It smells like artisan-ship, where they're savoring the good life, breathe the fresh air and it feels like heaven. It has everything you could possibly want.
San Gimignano had over 70 towers, of which today are only 14. In this zone of Italy it was common for families to construct a few houses with tall towers. For reasons of power, prestige and even survival-in a time of violent struggles among families or local-favored the proliferation of these constructions. In Florence there was also more than 100. They say the windows and holes in the towers were used to unite through the air, through gateways, and towers. The measure is headed to interact with allied families and protect against community fights. Even though now there are only 14, the show of the same over the rooftops of the city is lovely. An excellent place to look at the ruined castle enclave.
After passing a gate of the thirteenth century, you go up the street of San Giovanni to reach the triangular Piazza della Cisterna, which is surrounded by palaces and towers. Follow the paved road as in the Middle Ages. In the center is an enclosed fountain. The houses are mostly dating back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Where the road meets with the Piazza del Duomo, you can find the towers of the Ardinghelli. They were a powerful Guelph family from the city. Here you will find a famous ice cream shop that you shouldn't pass on.
This fortified building with a fourteenth century 54 meter high tower was built mainly in the eighth century. Inside, it has a small, covered courtyard, and in the Council Chamber, Dante made a speech in 1300. It hosts Siena era frescoes from the fourteenth century. The building houses the Civic Museum, which presents abundant Florentine and Sienese works from the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Among the works is an excellent Annunciation by Filippino Lippi, as well as works by Taddeo di bartoldo, Pinturicchio and Gozzoli.
The Piazza del Duomo houses a simple university, several old palaces, and seven towers. The base is a Romanesque university that has been added outside. Over the centuries it has collected abundant works of Florentine and Sienese painters. Highlighted in the nave on the right hand side are frescoes that depict the life of Christ, the XIV, painted by Barna da Siena, who was an artist who died after falling from scaffolding on which he worked. That is one of the best works of Italian Gothic painting. The chapel of Santa Fina, a local saint who lived in the XIII century, was done by the work of Giuliano de Maiano and there are frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio. This place also overlooks the square, in the lower zone of the same name, the palace of the Podesta Vechio, XII century, conditioned for theater in the eighteenth Rognosa with its tower 51 meter high tower. An arch at the corner of the university lets you access the Piazza dei Pecori, with a loggia XIV. Here there's the Museum of Sacred Etruscan art. The first is a work by Tuscan medieval artists and the second remains from the pre-Roman world.
San Gimignano is famous throughout Tuscany for its remarkable tower houses, the village also offers visitors a vision of traditional and magnificent landscapes with its ciprses, olive trees, vineyards and other extensions of plants as far as the eye can see. The Panoramic Point, located on top of the city to view the surrounding countryside and soak up the delicious and emblematic atmosphere of the region. And as icing on the cake you can admire the houses emblematic tower!
Embedded in the heart of the charming town of San Gimignano, reachable only by foot, the Piazza del Duomo is one of our favourites. I must say it combines all the advantages: magnificent historical monuments, and well preserved and restored houses overlooking the emblematic tower, characteristics of the place, warm and friendly atmosphere, a small hidden market under the arches. Everything is here and it's a real must-see. The place collegiate dates from the eleventh century. A very nice stop.
A cute gallery in an amazingly gorgeous town; varied and beautiful works of sculpture are shown in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Isculpture displays a selection of works by very talented Italian artists, young sculptors who are both skilful craftsmen and sublime artists. Ceramic, bronze, alabaster, marble and iron are some of the media used by them to explore their possibilities of expression and the challenges of the materials.
The parish of San Donato in Poggio, from which it takes its name, the nearby medieval village, is a magnificent example of Romanic church in Tuscany, in an excellent state of preservation. It's foundation dates from the beginning of the year 1000, although the present building probably ended after a couple of centuries. Like many churches of Chianti, it preserves great value works of art: a wooden crucifix, in the apse, and a baptismal font in glazed terracotta attributed to Giovanni della Robbia.
Located in the Tuscan campia, an hour from Florence, the little town of San Gimignano is a charming place, as well as a Unesco World Heritage site. It's famous for the 7 tower-houses that still stand above the ordinary houses. The best route to see and enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere that emanates from the people, is to follow the main street, Via San Matteo. In fact, the town is built around it, following it up to the square, and then down to the outer edge, where the walls are. It's a lovely walk in the heart of a charming village.
The Church of San Bartolo and the remains of the church of San Francesco are part of the Franciscan order. History records show that this church was used as a shelter and reception point by the monks, and also as a shelter for pilgrims. The church has a beautiful bell tower that rises above the city.
The Via Francigena has been famous since ancient times as the road that connected Rome with Canterbury. This path has been followed by travelers and popes alike. The trail starts at the port of San Giovanni in San Gimignano and finishes at Colle Val D'Elsa. It takes about 4-5 hours to complete, and you'll be rewarded by beautiful landscapes along the way. Try it!
It is shocking to see these torture machines, designed for no reason other than to inflict pain on your fellow human beings. Realising that some countries still use torture today is a harrowing thought. I recommend a visit, though, to see the worst excesses of mankind. San Gimignano also has another museum about torture and the death penalty that we have not seen, but which is probably interesting.
We're lucky enough to live in Pisa, just a short distance from San Gimignano. When we decide we want to go, we can get there on the bike in just a few minutes. There's plenty on offer here, but this museum, opened in 2010, is unmissable. The price, 5 euros, also includes a guided tour explaining the design and implementation of the faithful reproduction of the village in 1300, with 800 buildings and 72 towers.
Located in the region of Guadaletín in the Community of Murcia, Mazarrón enjoys a Mediterranean climate with many hours of sunshine all year. The main things to see in Mazarrón are centred around its beautiful beaches; but there are many other things to do in Mazarrón!
One of the places to visit in Mazarrón in the site of the Bolnuevo erosions, a peculiar landscape where the erosion of wind and water has shaped the rocks into a unique feature. The attractions of Mazarrón are all quiet and by the sea so you can let your imagination run wild in this tranquil environment. Mazarrón attractions in the city include the Convent Church of the Immaculate, the Church of San Antonio de Padua, the Church of San Andrés and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. More Mazarrón activities include visiting the port, which is surrounded by pine trees, rocky mountains and the swamp in the background.
Still looking for more stuff to do in Mazarrón? Other sites to see include the Molinete Towere, the old factory of alums and Castle of Velez. The beaches are the main feature by which the city is identified, one of the most famous being Playa Amarilla, a nudist beach with a beautiful landscape, as well as Naked Cove, Fighting Cabezo beach and the beach Bolnuevo. Still want to know what do in in Mazarrón? Search on minube to find the best experiences to make your adventure one to remember.