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San Gimignano: “Manhattan of Tuscany”

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 6, 2013

San Gimignano

Can you handle more Tuscan cuteness? San Gimignano is called the “Manhattan of Tuscany” after its remarkably well-preserved towers. Fifteen towers are still standing, but in the 13th century there were over 70 towers. I had never heard of San Gimignano until dinner on the previous Shabbat, when I overheard the Italian man next to me tell a tourist that she must see San Gimignano.

San Gimignano is too small to have a train station. We went there by bus (boarded the Siena bus at the SITA station by Maria Novella train station and switched to the San Gimignano bus in Poggibonsi)  and spent a couple hours wandering around. (The blog postings are a out of order; we went to San Gimignano before Siena).

I took these photos outside the city walls.

San Gimignano

San Gimignano

The bus stopped near St. Matthew’s Gate. This gate was once part of the independent town of St. Matthew, which later became part of San Gimignano.

San Gimignano

Close-up of the gate.

San Gimignano

This is the other side of the St Matthew gate. There are lots of tourists but they tend to be mainly on the main thoroughfares. The side streets are much less crowded.

San Gimignano

San Gimignano

Bored shopkeeper in souvenir store. Some of the store owners don’t like people photographing their shops, so I tend to photograph stores with the camera on my hip.

San Gimignano

Pasta. The ubiquitous phallic pasta is second on the left.

San Gimignano

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