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At the top of Via Giovanni it intersects with Via Palestro just below the Piazza della Cisterna. On one side is one of San Gimignano's characteristic towers.
Not only is this the location of the Duomo (cathedral) "La Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta" (1148) but also of seven of the fourteen remaining towers. You can visit its most famous towers including the oldest the 51m "Torre del Podestà" and its tallest the 54m "Torre Grossa." It is interesting to imagine how it looked when there were 72 such towers in San Gimignano, no wonder it is often referred to as Tuscany's Manhattan.
Porta San Matteo
Between the centre and Piazza Sant'Agostino is one of San Gimignano's original city gates "Porta San Matteo" part of the early 13th century city walls.
Via San Giovanni
If you enter San Gimignano from Viale Roma through Porta San Givanni you then proceed up this medieval cobbled thoroughfare. Now it is home to shops selling typical Tuscan foodstuffs, wines, ceramics etc. all with a "tourist" flavour.
On Via Folgore is the "Museo Archeologico" with its small collection of Bronze age and Etruscan artifacts together with Renaissance glassware and ceramics. In the same building is San Gimignano's modern art gallery; "Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea."
Vernaccia Wine Museum
San Gimignano is obviously famous for its towers but nowadays it is also famous for its "Vernaccia" wine. Close to the remains of the 14th century "La Rocca" defensive fortress is a small museum dedicated to the history of wine production in the area. It has an audio visual presentation and of course the opportunity to sample the current production! Outside is a good place for views down onto the city itself.
In the centre of San Gimignano just off Piazza Duomo is this historic square (in fact more triangular) named after its fountains (1237 extended 1346) in its centre which gave the city safe drinking water. The piazza houses not only historic palazzo but also some rather good ice cream shops!
Away from the bustle of the centre of San Gimignano is this Piazza with the small Romanesque "Chiesa di San Piero in Forliano." Inside are remains of original frescoes and above the altar a mid 16th century painting.
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