San Gimignano is a small town in Tuscany, Italy that has retained its medieval appearance. The settlement has existed since Etruscan and Roman times. After the conversion to Christianity and the collapse of the Roman Empire, San Gimignano developed thanks to being on an important road, the Via Francigena, which carried goods and pilgrims to Rome. The settlement was subsequently weakened by a plague epidemic and internecine strife and placed under the protection of Florence in 1348. San Gimignano is famous for its towers, which originated after 1150 and embody the high social status of a given family. Interesting things to see in San Gimignano are: the Church of St. Francis; the Cathedral; the City Museum; the Museum of Religious Art; the Church of St. Augustine; the remains of the Fortress.

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