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San Gimignano

San Gimignano, about 50 kilometers southwest of Florence, owes its almost pristine medieval appearance to a combination of location and neglect. At the height of the Middle Ages, the Via Francigena, which passes through San Gimignano, was the main route of pilgrims traveling to Rome. It was also the main trade route, useful for transporting the local saffron to profitable markets. When faster routes developed, San Gimignano declined, new building ceased, and it was all the inhabitants could do to prevent the collapse of old ones. So structures remained almost unaltered until recent restorations promoted by UNESCO set about preserving them. But despite its declining fortunes, San Gimignano still attracted important later Renaissance artists such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Benozzo Gozzoli, and Benedetto da Maiano, whose works you'll see in its churches. The town's major attractions for tourists are the 13 towers that remain from the original 70 and give San Gimignano its distinctive skyline.

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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)20-Apr-2020 17:38
Beautiful done.V
Celidh17-Mar-2020 19:46
We stayed near here back in 2004 and could see the towers from our place.
I still buy Verdecchio di San Gimignano when I can
Julie Oldfield29-Jun-2019 15:23
This is really spectacular
Jean D28-Jun-2019 03:07
Fabulous capture of this very historical town. Thanks for providing such a fine narration . ~V
Gill Kopy28-Jun-2019 01:06
I love how these towns retain their original look - no high rise apartments ! Nice shot V
Liz Bickel27-Jun-2019 18:29
Beautiful shot of the town.
Carter Creek27-Jun-2019 16:43
Amazing architecture. excellent shot of this lovely town and story behind it. Well done. V
Jeff Real27-Jun-2019 15:55
I feel you have really captured this perfectly!
Tom Munson27-Jun-2019 15:44
This is wonderful, Jose.
Neil Marcus27-Jun-2019 13:29
A classic image of this unusual design of construction.
janescottcumming27-Jun-2019 12:56
Ah yes, I remember this little town with all the towers. Great view of it. V
Bobby M27-Jun-2019 12:45
This place looks amazing from the distance,I hope you took a photo of it from above as well.BV
Jim Coffman27-Jun-2019 12:31
Not a typical city skyline. Very nice image, Jose..
Hank Vander Velde27-Jun-2019 11:46
Great shot of this old town Jose.
Pierre Martin27-Jun-2019 11:33
superb picture and town, like that old architecture!
Yvonne27-Jun-2019 10:49
I don't think you'll be climbing any of those towers Jose! A fabulous image. v
danad27-Jun-2019 10:18
A superb panorama. V.
chris morton27-Jun-2019 06:42
a classic
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal27-Jun-2019 06:22
Fantastic view of this town, great shot!! V
Charlene Ambrose27-Jun-2019 05:45
The uniformity of the color does give it an old world flavor. Nice capture of the skyline showing off those towers, V
Helen Betts27-Jun-2019 05:30
What a great perspective for this hilltop town. I remember going there years ago. V.
Walter Otto Koenig27-Jun-2019 05:23
Great view of this fascinating town. "V"
Arnie Peterschmidt27-Jun-2019 04:51
What an impressive place. Very nice composition.
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