San Giminiano skyline

San Giminiano skyline

After having spent a night in the Florence province, todays hike will take us into the Siena province.Some of us may already have seen the lovely hills of the Tuscany region yesterday from Gambassi Terme ; today we will get in touch with some of them. However, they will not represent a challenge, because today's hike until San Gimignano is no longer than some 13 km.
on the way to San Giminiano

on the way to San Giminiano

San Gimignano is very, very much visited by tourists, so we will not meet any natives. The perfectly maintained medieval structure of the town and the high, fortificated towers belong to the UNESCO World cultural heritage since 1990. A further emblem of the town are the high towers built by competing merchant families at the time, during the peak period of San Gimignano, 72 of such towers existed. This «skyline» basicly was a result of building regulations which then only limited the horizontal dimensions of a building, but not the vertical ones.

Pilgrimage church Santuario di Pancole

Pilgrimage church Santuario di Pancole

Amongs the ecclesiastical buildings, the Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta plays a key role. Built during the 12th century, with large stairs at the front side, and many frescos inside. San Gimignano has a lot of historic sites worth to be explored, so it is a good choice for a day off.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.