One of the most unforgettable travel experiences for me is to see and to be in one of the most beautiful city in the world... San Gimignano, in Italy.
Buongiorno! or Ciao!
Welcome to San Gimignano!
San Gimignano - from a distance, the towers of San Gimignano dominate the Val de Elsa, a lush landscape of wheat fields, olive groves and vineyards. The towers, symbols of the power and wealth of the city's medieval families, once numbered as many as 72. Today only 13 remains, but the city still carries the name San Gimignano delle Belle Torri ( of the fine towers ). Originally an Etruscan village, the town later took it's name from the Bishop of Modena, St. Gimignano who is said to have saved the city from the barbarians.
In 1348, the plague decimated the town's population and weakend the power of it's nobles. Today San Gimignano is one of Europe's best - preserved medieval cities and has the feeling of a museum. In summer and at weekends, and year- round it is crowded with tourists.
It was on 30/05/2007 - after travelling in some parts of Toscana like Castellana di Chianti, Sovana, and Siena we went to San Gimignano. A beautiful city up in the mountains, the first time i saw San Gimignano i fell in love in the city immediately .
It is also called "ancient skyscrapers" because of it's stunning towers from the medieval age. When you think about skyscrapers you will think about New York, Taiwan, Tokyo or Dubai. But this skyscrapers of San Gimignano is unique. Michael said, it is maybe comparable to the mud- bricks skyscrapers in Shib - Am in the South of Yemen.
After walking and looking around the city, we bought some souvenirs and then we had cappuccino in the restaurant which is in the middle of the city. It was so wonderful to sit there and enjoy the beauty of San Gimignano. I told my husband i really love the city and if ever we will have the chance to visit one place again it will definitely be San Gimignano.
Note: the information above about San Gimignano is from The Lonely Planet and photos are taken in San Gimignano, Toscana, Italy.