San Gimignano

San Gimignano


San Gimignano rises with its towered skyline upon a hill dominating the Val d’Elsa.


San Gimignano

San Gimignano
San Gimignano rises with its towered skyline upon a hill dominating the Val d’Elsa.

San Gimignano rises with its towered skyline upon a hill (334 metres) dominating the Val d’Elsa. A small Etruscan village during the Hellenistic period (III-II century BC), its history started around the X century taking its name from the Bishop saint of Modena: San Gimignano, who is said to have saved the hamlet from the barbaric hordes.

It developed greatly during the Middle Ages thanks to the Via Francigena which crossed it. So much so that San Gimignano had an extraordinary flourish of works of art which adorned churches and convents. In 1199 it became a free commune, it fought against the Bishops of Volterra and the neighbouring municipalities and suffered internal struggles. On 8th May 1300 it hosted Dante Alighieri, ambassador of the Guelf League in Tuscany. The terrible Black Death of 1348 and the following depopulation threw San Gimignano into a serious crises.

It only came out of its degradation and abandonment of the following centuries when its beauty, cultural importance and initial agricultural identity were discovered once more. There are numerous artistic itineraries available.

 
By Dinamo Cms