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San Gimignano, known as the "city of beautiful towers", is a small walled medieval hilltop town in the Tuscany region of central Italy. The town is unique in that it features many well-preserved "tower houses", giving it one of the most memorable skylines in Italy. San Gimignano promises to be an unforgettable experience, and offers plenty of both modern and historic sights and sounds to keep all entertained. Take an afternoon walk through the UNESCO World Heritage town center, and be transported back to the 16th century with its many narrow and winding streets, preserved cathedrals, and enchanting rural appeal. Finding your ideal hotel in San Gimignano can be a difficult experience, but with the help of Venere, you can book the hotel best suited to your expectations with the aid of thousands of user-submitted hotel reviews, photo galleries, and our handy Google maps applet for checking out the local attractions.
What's San Gimignano Like?
If you take a walk through this historic small town you will quickly be inspired by the local culture and way of life. One of the most inspiring landmarks in the town is the San Gimignano Bell Tower, which offers panoramic views of the town from atop its historic towers. One of the must see sights is the Old Town, and its narrow medieval streets and wide open squares are the perfect place to sit for the afternoon at one of the outdoor cafes for a drink or meal. Although grim, the exciting Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum offers a gruesome insight into the local methods of torture and criminal punishment during the Middle Ages. You can find many specialty shops and boutiques throughout the town, whether you are looking for antiques, wines, food, or handmade goods.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in San Gimignano
The town experiences a Mediterranean climate, and the summer months from June to August are often hot and humid. Average afternoon temperatures during these months often approach 90° Fahrenheit, however it has been known to exceed 105° Fahrenheit on occasion. Although much of the local populace speak English, try not to expect it of them, as the town is not quite as active of a tourist destination as nearby Florence. Much of the local cuisine has evolved from "peasant" foods, and as a result many of the popular foods of the Tuscany region tend to be the likes of schiacciata alla fiorentina (a soft and simple cake), bistecca alla fiorentina (a steak dish), and crostini toscani (sliced bread topped with pâté and sliced meats).
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