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Lonely Planet's Top Experiences and Sights in Italy: San Gimignano

As you crest the nearby hills, the 14 towers of the walled town of San Gimignano rise up like a medieval Manhattan. Originally an Etruscan village, the settlement was named after the bishop of Modena, San Gimignano, who is said to have saved the city from Attila the Hun. It became a comune (local government) in 1199, prospering in part because of its location on the Via Francigena. Building a tower taller than their neighbours' (there were originally 72) became a popular way for prominent families to flaunt their power and wealth. In 1348 plague wiped out much of the population and weakened the local economy, leading to the town's submission to Florence in 1353. Today, not even the plague would deter the swarms of summer day trippers, who are lured by a palpable sense of history, an intact medieval streetscapes and the enchanting rural setting.
These are the top experiences and sights in San Gimignano, according to Lonely Planet.
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Collegiata, San Gimignano
Collegiata, San Gimignano
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Palazzo Comunale, San Gimignano
Palazzo Comunale, San Gimignano
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Galleria Continua, San Gimignano
Galleria Continua, San Gimignano
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Vernaccia Di San Gimignano Wine Experience
Vernaccia Di San Gimignano Wine Experience
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Polo Museale Santa Chiara, San Gimignano
Polo Museale Santa Chiara, San Gimignano
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Chiesa Di Sant'agostino, San Gimignano
Chiesa Di Sant'agostino, San Gimignano
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Torre E Casa Campatelli, San Gimignano
Torre E Casa Campatelli, San Gimignano
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San Lorenzo in Ponte, San Gimignano
San Lorenzo in Ponte, San Gimignano
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Museo D'Arte Sacra, San Gimignano
Museo D'Arte Sacra, San Gimignano
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Rocca Di Montestaffoli, San Gimignano
Rocca Di Montestaffoli, San Gimignano
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San Gimignano Del 1300
San Gimignano Del 1300
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Palazzo Vecchio Del Podestà, San Gimignano
Palazzo Vecchio Del Podestà, San Gimignano
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Museo Ornitologico, San Gimignano
Museo Ornitologico, San Gimignano
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Torri Dei Salvucci (12th Century), San Gimignano, Italy
Torri Dei Salvucci (12th Century), San Gimignano, Italy
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