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Private Tour: San Gimignano Walking Tour
"San Gimignano is the exemplar Tuscan hill-town with its 14 medieval towers still towering over the rooftops it stands as one of the most prominent Tuscan sites. Despite the many visitors that arrive in San Gimignano every day the town remains such a delight to behold and is and always will be a must see in Tuscany. San Gimignano is situated about 25 miles from both Siena and Florence and is easily reached from both of these cities. Historically as today San Gimignano was a through fare for travelers and pilgrims traveling up or down the Italian peninsula.The tour starts at Porta San Giovanni
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San Gimignano and Volterra Tour by Private Luxury Van
San Gimignano and Chianti Countryside""Start your tour with a pickup from your downtown Florence hotel at 9:30am. Begin your 1-hour long journey to San Gimignano where you will be dropped off at the old city gate S.Giovanni. There you will enjoy free time to explore the city and walk along its narrow streets. The driver will suggest sites for you to visit such as Piazza Duomo the Collegiata and Sant'Agostino. View the towers that overlook the town climbing up as you stroll. Taste the flavors of the town by trying the white wine and award winning ice cream in Piazza della Cisterna. Next
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Private Half-day Excursion to San Gimignano from Florence
"San Gimignano is a wonderful hilltop town surrounded by enchanting rolling hills and vineyards where the famous Vernaccia white wine is produced! Meet your private driver at your Hotel and get ready for a wonderful visit experience! The hamlet is famous for its perfectly preserved histori characterized by thirteen Medieval towers (which once were 72!) hence its particular name of “Manhattan of Middle Age”. Exploring the city center you can find many examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture and have breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside! Walk in the town center means discovering tru among which Piazza della Cisterna the Dome Palazzo del Podestà and the Church of Sant'Agostino. Don’t forget to have a delicious Italian gelato in one of the typical ice-cream parlor located its lively squares and if you like wine
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Porta San Giovanni Tips (7)

Look At the Porta San Giovanni

Walk down the main street of the town to its south end and come to the Port San Giovanni and beyond it to the bus stop and perhaps a place to park. Since on our last trip we stayed at the Bianco Bianco which allowed us to drive into the covered garage next door rghy on the Piazza del Cisterna.

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Nov 09, 2013

Porta San Giovanni

The most important of the city gates of San Gimignano, Porta San Giovanni lies at the southern end of the fortified wall. The road from here reached Siena along Via Francigena, the famous pilgrim road which eventually led to Rome. Anyone approaching from Siena, even nowadays, would likely enter the city through this gate. The structure itself was built in 1262 and it leads into Via San Giovanni, one of the main streets in San Gimignano. Towering above the gate is the small campanile, or bell tower, of la Chiesa della Madonna dei Lumi, a church built in 1601 but partially destroyed in 1922 to cut the road through.

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Jun 18, 2009

Porta San Giovanni

Porta San Giovanni is the gateway to the town from the south (Siena). It was built in 1262 with a senese arch and a upper lodge. It is the most beautiful gateway of San Giminiano.
On its sides, in 1601, was erected the nave of the church of Madonna dei Lumi which was partly demolished in 1922

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Jun 12, 2006

Porta San Giovanni

San Gimignano is surrounded by the ancient walls which stretch for 2.176 metres. The walls are crossed by numerous gates and Porta San Giovanni is the most imposing one. The gate was originally built in 1237 and, after being demolished, rebuilt in 1262 when the Ghibellines regained power. The interior of the gate was subject to renovation work in 1921, when the superstructures added following the construction of a church Madonna dei Lumi was eliminated.

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Oct 01, 2005
 
 
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Porta San Giovanni

St John's Gate is probably the first thing that most visitors see when they first arrive in San Gimignano as its near a couple of big car parks at the southern end of the town. The gate was built by the Sienese in 1261.

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Jul 14, 2005

Gate of San Giovanni

Being enclosed on medieval walls, one of the main entrances to the village is the Gate of San Giovanni, which leads visitors into the street with the same name.

This entrance door was built in 1262 and it is and has always been one of the main doors of San Gimignano – the San Giovanni street was very used by visitors in the Dark Ages and it has some beautiful (and well kept) mansions along it. Nowadays, this street has plenty of offer concerning shops for the visitors.

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Dec 18, 2004

Porta San Giovanni

As the town is surrounded by a wall you'll have to enter via one of the gates. Porta San Giovanni is the southern gate that leads you to the centre via the old part of the town.

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Palazzo del Popolo

The Palazzo del Popolo (or Nuovo Podesta) is on the south side of the Piazza Duomo almost touching the church. Its right edge is almost touching the Torre Grossa. The left edge leads to a double...
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Palazzo Comunale

Also known as Palazzo Nuova del Podestà, il Palazzo Comunale has been the seat of the government of San Gimignano since it was built in 1288. Prior to its construction, the seat of the government was...
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Santa Maria della Scala - Museum

Besides the exhibits and frescoes inside Palazzo Pubblico, the old hospital was my most favourite museum in Siena. Like Palazzo Pubblico it is more of a “suggestive” museum than one crammed with...
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Piazza della Cisterna

At the edge of the Piazza della Cisterna, when you enter from its northeast point along the right (north) wall of the piazza are the two Torre of the Aringhelli family leading members of the Guelphs...
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Santuario di Santa Caterina

The Santuario e Casa di Santa Caterina is the home of St Catherine, which was turned into a sanctuary in the 15th century. This is the place where Catherine lived with her parents and some say 24...
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Loggia della Mercanzia

Located on via di Città, the commercial heart of Siena in mediaeval times, la Loggia della Mercanzia was the merchants' entrepôt. It was built in the first half of the 15th century at a transition...
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