Image of a historic buildings in San Gimignano

San Gimignano

San Gimignano, the famous 'town of towers', dominates the Val d'Elsa with its dramatic skyline. There are few places that evoke the atmosphere of mediaeval Tuscany so powerfully.

San Gimignano was founded by the Etruscans and grew rich from agriculture, as well as being an important resting place on the pilgrim way to Rome until the population was devastated by the plague in the fourteenth century and its economy collapsed. Only fifteen of the original seventy-two towers survived - towers that represented wealth and influence more than defense and security - the higher the tower, the richer your family. The town is immaculately preserved and surrounded by some of the loveliest countryside in Tuscany. It is a popular a tourist destination; rich in works of art, fine shops and great restaurants.