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    San Gimignano, the Manhattan of the Middle Ages

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    Martí Micolau

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    Known as the Manhattan of the Middle Ages thanks to its 72 towers, San Gimignano? a small village located on a hill in the Val d? Elsa in the province of Siena.

    Going up the road that leads me to one of the entrance doors of the city, the first thing I notice are the towers, which today from 72 have been reduced to 16. The passage through the door? like a journey back in time.

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    I arrive in San Gimignano what? now it's time for lunch, so I take the opportunity to stop in one of the countless trattorias that are lost in the small and characteristic alleys.

    At this point, if you are nearby to eat, a typical dish and an inevitable glass of Vernaccia, a white wine produced directly in this area, are a must.

    After a short stop, I resume along the road that leads to the Piazza della Cisterna, recognizable by the well that towers over it in the center.

    All around rise a series of houses which, with their stone and brick structure, perfectly frame.

    A few steps away is the Piazza del Duomo, where the nose cannot? what to get up all? ins? to admire the towers that surround it, as if they wanted to protect it by closing it in an embrace.

    San Gimignano - Piazza della Cisterna

    Still continuing towards the summit? It is possible to reach the Rocca, now composed only of the walls of the city walls and a tower, but from which? possible to enjoy the wonderful view of the surrounding hills and a little? of silent rest among the imposing trees.

    Saint Gimignano ? now among the most popular destinations? coveted by tourists from all over the world, yet, thanks also to the care of those who live there and have helped to keep intact the aspect of another era, it manages to be a relaxing destination for a trip out of town.

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