Top 10 Tuscan village San Gimignano Italy things to do

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Tuscan village San Gimignano Italy things to do

  1. Central Street and Squares
  2. Torre Grossa
  3. Hall where Dante Alighieri was
  4. Surrounding Tuscan countryside
  5. World champion ice cream parlor
  6. Cathedral
  7. Certain it
  8. Grocery stores
  9. Torture Museum
  10. Bag shops

San Gimignano Italy Virtual tour

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San Gimignano is surrounded by beautiful Tuscany. The characteristic of San Gimignano is its towers. For this reason, San Gimignano is recognizable even from a distance.

Do you see the tallest tower? It’s called Torre Grossa and it’s possible to go up to the top of the tower to see a breathtaking view! Do you want to visit the center of San Gimignano with us?

Watch the suggested video which you find here at the bottom left!

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We continue our day trip from Siena. We are in San Geminiano Tuscany Italy. Let’s go to the center of San Gimignano and we arrive at the famous Piazza Della Cisterna. This square is famous not only for its architecture but also for the excellent ice cream shop that we find on our left. In this ice cream shop, you can taste an ice cream World Champion!

With a few steps, we arrive in Piazza del Duomo where we can admire from below several of the towers of San Gimignano.

After visiting the center of San Geminiano we are now ready to go up to its tallest tower. Only a question: Is it San Geminiano or San Gimignano? The correct name is San Gimignano. How can I pronounce it correctly? What is the correct pronunciation?

In this video, you can also listen to the correct pronunciation. We are now at the top of this tower and we have in front of us a breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside.

Central Street and Squares

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Torre Grossa

The Torre Grossa is the tallest tower among those left here in San Gimignano. The view from the Grossa is magnificent.

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San Gimignano Italy Gelato

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Top 10 beautiful Tuscan villages & cities in Tuscany

  1. Siena
  2. Pisa
  3. San Gimignano
  4. Certaldo
  5. Porto Ferraio Isola d’Elba
  6. Chieve in Chianti and all the Chianti area.
  7. Volterra
  8. Montepulciano
  9. Viareggio
  10. Lucca

Best Tuscan villages to visit

  1. San Gimignano
  2. Volterra
  3. Porto Ferraio
  4. Certaldo

San Gimignano

San Gimignano is very famous for all its towers. From the top of its tallest tower, you can see the beautiful Tuscany.

San Gimignano Vitual Tour

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San Gimignano is surrounded by beautiful Tuscany. The characteristic of San Gimignano is its towers. For this reason, San Gimignano is recognizable even from a distance.

Do you see the tallest tower? It’s called Torre Grossa and it’s possible to go up to the top of the tower to see a breathtaking view! Do you want to visit the center of San Gimignano with us?

Watch the suggested video which you find here at the bottom left!

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We continue our day trip from Siena. We are in San Geminiano Tuscany Italy. Let’s go to the center of San Gimignano and we arrive at the famous Piazza Della Cisterna. This square is famous not only for its architecture but also for the excellent ice cream shop that we find on our left. In this ice cream shop, you can taste an ice cream World Champion!

With a few steps, we arrive in Piazza del Duomo where we can admire from below several of the towers of San Gimignano.

After visiting the center of San Geminiano we are now ready to go up to its tallest tower. Only a question: Is it San Geminiano or San Gimignano? The correct name is San Gimignano. How can I pronounce it correctly? What is the correct pronunciation?

In this video, you can also listen to the correct pronunciation. We are now at the top of this tower and we have in front of us a breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside.

San Gimignano Gelato Photo Gallery

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Porto Ferraio Isola d’Elba

You can go to Piombino and take a ferry to the Isola d’Elba.

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In about 1 hour and a half, you arrive in Portoferraio and you’ll really be in a beautiful paradise.

Certaldo

Certaldo is quite unknown among mora famous Tuscan Villages but it is very interesting.

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Hi Everybody, today we visit Certaldo Alto in Tuscany. Alto means high.

Certaldo is famous for being the birthplace of the poet and writer Giovanni Boccaccio.

To reach the historical center, which is in an elevated position because it is located on a hill, we take the funicular in Piazza del Boccaccio in Certaldo. In Piazza del Boccaccio we can also park the car.

As soon as we leave the funicular, we find the history of Certaldo written.

You can also read it here in the captions while continuing our walk.

We are now in front of the Giovanni Boccaccio House Museum.

In addition to what we can find inside the museum, which is extremely interesting from a historical and cultural point of view,

there is a tower in the house. From the tower, we can enjoy a splendid view of Certaldo and its surroundings.

As we continue the walk, we notice other museums and historic buildings. There are also interesting and typical restaurants that will probably open later: it’s a morning of a quiet season.

The most important historic building for architecture and history is undoubtedly the Pretorio Palace.

A curiosity: right here in this building, it was coined the Italian expression “essere in balìa” or “being at the mercy” of someone or something.

In one of the halls of this palace 10 Balìa or magistrates held their meetings. Their sentences were irrevocable and unappealable. From here we understand the reason for this Italian expression. The destiny of those who were judged depended on these Balìa.

Also for today, our tour ends here. But see you in the next video with other adventures and other interesting things to discover and learn. See you next time! Bye.

History of Certaldo

Certain archeological findings testify to the populating of this area in Etruscan-roman times. The existence of a castle-village is documented in 1164 in a deed of Emperor Federico I, known as Barbarossa (Redbean); in which all the territorial rights were granted to the Alberti Counts of Prato.

This family held dominion over the castle until 1184 and after the fall of Semifonte in 1202, the village passed under the rule of Florence, becoming the seat of a Podestà (medieval magistrate).

During this period the village had probably already assumed its present-day layout, characterized by the central axis, the Alberti Castle, and the defense walls.

Following the affirmation of the Via Francigena of the valley bottom, Certaldo strengthened its economic role in the Val d Elsa and witnessed a new phase of urban growth.

From the early thirteenth to the fourteenth century a linear village was built up along the foothills of the Via Francigena, in the spot where the castle market was located, linking up with the ancient settlement via two different branches; the Costa Degli Alberti and the Costa Vecchia.

In the fourteenth century, the existence of various inns and hospices inside the castle is documented, which served as refuge points for the pilgrims and wayfarers.

In 1415, under the rule of the Florentine Republic, Certaldo became the seat of the Vicarage of the Val di Pesa, part of the Val d’Elsa, and the Lower Valdarno, the functions of which were conducted in the ancient castle of the Alberti Counts, opportunely enlarged and transformed.

Pretorio Palace: the Castle of Certaldo

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Photo Gallery Certaldo Alto

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Certaldo Funicular Photo Gallery

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Best cities in Tuscany to visit

  1. Florence
  2. Pisa
  3. Siena
  4. Viareggio
  5. Lucca
  6. Arezzo

Florence

Siena

Siena stands out for its medieval buildings made of bricks. The square is famous for the special event called Palio di Siena. Siena is divided into areas called “contrade”. The Palio di Siena is a competition between the Contradas of Siena in the form of an equestrian carousel of medieval origin.

This makes you understand what a big influence the medieval origin has on Siena.

Pisa

Pisa represents one of the best day trips from Florence. It’s a city you should visit if you are in Florence because of its main square Piazza Dei Miracoli. The symbol of Pisa is its leaning tower.

Only a curiosity: Do you remember Superman in Superman III who corrects the leaning tower?

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Apart from its famous leaning the Tower of Pisa is a very unusual building and one kind. This is true because of the high historical and artistic value of its forms and because of its peculiar location. In fact, the tower is located far from the Cathedral and not as usual along one side of the church.

The Tower, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery give a unique “look” to this square. There isn’t another square like this one in Italy.

Related article: How to get from Florence to Pisa by car and train

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History and curiosity about The Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy, the Cathedral of Pisa, and Piazza Dei Miracoli Pisa.

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History and curiosity about The Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy, the Cathedral of Pisa, and Piazza Dei Miracoli Pisa. Pisa is a nice city but what makes it unique in the world is its leaning tower. Pisa in fact is very famous for its square and especially for its leaning tower. Everybody visiting Pisa wants to take the picture in front of this special tower and pretend to sustain it with his hand.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is really unique! Do you want to know more about this tower? Why is the leaning tower of Pisa leaning? Is it a problem? What keeps the leaning tower of Pisa from falling?

Walking tour Pisa Piazza dei Miracoli and History

First of all, we begin to understand how the Piazza Dei Miracoli was born and how it has evolved over time. For example, could you tell which is the oldest monument in the square? Let’s find out together with the following video!

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Hi everybody, in this video we are in Pisa in Tuscany Italy.

We are now entering the famous Piazza Dei Miracoli in Pisa where we find the city’s most important monuments.

It’s early in the morning, and the souvenir stalls are opening now.

This square is truly unique, and now that it is not yet too crowded with tourists, we can fully admire its beauty.

People from all over the world come to visit this square and its monuments.

Could you tell which is the oldest monument in the whole square?

It is the cathedral, whose construction began in 1064 and ended in 1150.

Construction of the baptistery began in 1152, the walls in 1154, and the Tower in 1173.

But it took centuries to complete the construction of the Tower of Pisa.

In fact, in 1278, when the construction of the Camposanto began, the tower of Pisa was still under construction.

The Tower of Pisa, also due to soil subsidence problems, was completed only in the middle of the following century, but the evolution of the Piazza Dei Miracoli continued until 1863.

When you enter what do you feel? Immediately feel the slope from the base. It’s true, look!

So walking through this square, we can imagine its transformation over time and all the illustrious people of history who have been right here where we are now.

Our tour is ending so I greet you and see you in the next video. Bye!

The leaning tower of Pisa

The leaning tower is composed of a cylindrical stone body surrounded by open galleries with arcades and pillars resting on a bottom shaft, with the bell on top.

Was the leaning tower of Pisa a mistake?

When the leaning tower of Pisa was built, in 1173 nobody made any mistake. Why is the leaning tower of Pisa leaning? However, after a while, the tower had caught the attention of several artists for its inclination.

Why is the leaning tower of Pisa leaning?

It was discovered that the ground beneath the tower was essentially made of sand and shortly after the inauguration it started to tilt.

This caused an inclination of the tower which is currently inclined by 3.9 degrees.

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What keeps the leaning tower of Pisa from falling?

The leaning tower of Pisa has not fallen till now thanks to the big work of specialized workers who acted specifically to prevent its falling.

The current building is the result of time-consuming reconstruction work, mostly to reduce the risk that the tower might collapse as a consequence of its remarkable inclination.

I remember that in the course of past years the tower was closed to the public for many years. For example, it was closed the January 7th, 1990 and it opened again 12 years later. Other times I’ve visited the tower while the workers were working upon it.

Why is the Pisa tower so famous?

Apart from its extremely famous inclination that really seems to defy the laws of statics, the Tower of the Cathedral is a very unusual building and one of a kind.

This is true for the high historical and artistic value of its forms and because of its peculiar location, within that vast and equally unique area that is the Piazza Dei Miracoli.

Where is it?

The building is located in Piazza Dei Miracoli but far from the Cathedral, between the apsidal area and the south-eastern section of the transept of the Cathedral.

This is an unusual location although this is not the only case as it can be found in other complexes in town and in other Italian buildings. However, a tower was usually erected near the facade or along one side of the church.

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Inside the Leaning Tower

This stone area accommodates a winding staircase with 293 steps leading up to the open galleries, to the bell on top, and to the lower mezzanine floors. The inner shaft is closed by a vault with a central hole to let light in.

The lower floor, the six open galleries, and the bell divide the tower into eight segments that are called orders.

The lower floor is enriched by a round of blind arcades placed on half-columns. Under the arcade, there is a diamond-shaped compass inlaid with polychrome marble with a raised rosette in the middle.

The solid wall is interrupted by the openings of some narrow single-lancet windows. Westwards it’s also interrupted by the only entrance door: a rectangular area framed by a lintel.

Above the lintel, there is a crescent-shaped arch with an inlaid archivolt. It rests on two capitals as a continuation of the jambs forming a shrine containing the bust of a 14th-century Virgin with a Child.

On the sides of the door, there are some friezes decorated with animals and monstrous figures. There are also the unusual figures of some ships that frame the commemorative epigraph of the foundation of the building.

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Unforgettable 1 day in Florence: visit Florence in a day

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1 day in Florence – You’d need more than 1 day in Florence but if you don’t have a lot of time and you want to visit Florence in a day in this article you’ll find your possible day itinerary.

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1 day in Florence: morning

Use the morning to walk in the city. You can start by Piazza del Duomo where there is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. From there you can go in the Piazza della Signoria.

In this square you’ll see also the David of Michelangelo but pay attention! This is only a copy. The original statue is placed in the Accademia Gallery. The Statue was removed from the square in 1872 to preserve it. If you spend only 1 day in Florence you don’t have enough time to see the original statue. Anyway be aware that this Statue is important not only because is masterpeace work of art but also for its meaning.

The David is a young man who has to fight against a giant. The David was made in fact a few years after the new republic was instituded. This young republic had to fight against giants as it could be the papacy of that time.

Another curiosity is that the David had originally to be placed on the Duomo as one of its decorative statue and not in the square.

After having enjoyed this amazing square we can continue our itinerary of 1 day in Florence.

Go through the streets and find out all the shops where you can buy very cute leather bags and clothes.

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You can then pass through the bridge Ponte delle Grazie to go to Piazzale Michelangelo.

Passing on Ponte delle Grazie you’ll have a beautiful view of the famous Ponte Vecchio. This is one of the most characteristics views of Florence. A picture here is very instagrammable.

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Continue now your tour by going to piazzale Michelangelo. From piazzale Michelangelo you can have an amzing view of Florence from above. When we want something is special we have to earn it and in fact a big effert is needed to get here 😉 … You’ll have to do a long stairway …

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… but the view rewards your efforts and then you also have an excuse to have one more delicious fiorentina.

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After this spectacle it’s the time to go back to the center and look for a restaurant.

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While you are going back to the center take the opportuninty to go along Arno river …

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… and pass on the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

The particularity of this bridge is that there are many shops on it. Here there are goldsmiths, silverware and jewelers.

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Afternoon

After having visited the city you can continue your day in Florence visiting his main important museum: The Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi Gallery is big and you have to plan well your time in it.

That’s why I’ve planned it for the aftenoon and not for the morning: the risk is to dedicate too much time to the museum and then, at the end, you don’t have time for all the other monuments you should visit.

In this museum you’ll see artworks of many famous painters and paintings of extraordinay value. So plan well your time and concentrate your attention to what you are more interested in.

At the end of your tour you’ll probably arrive where there is the coffee shop that has a beautiful terrace. The picture below shows what you can see from that terrace.

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Impressive Florence Cathedral, Brunelleschi’s Dome and Giotto’s Tower

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Florence cathedral is a monument you should see when you visit Florence. It’s one of the protagonists of the city skyline. That is not only because it’s tall but also because its light color makes the cathedral noticeable among all the other buildings.

The facade that you can see now is not the original one made but anyway it’s really fascinating. If you want to see how the cathedral originally was, you can visit the Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore. The original one was removed in 1587 because Grand Duke Francesco I de Medici dreamed of a renaissance-type facade.

You can visit the Florence Cathedral with access to Brunelleschi’s Dome and Giotto’s Bell Tower.

Giotto’s Bell Tower

From Giotto’s Bell Tower you can see Florence from above. The only problem you can have visiting the Bell Tower is that in the busiest times the line can be very long and slow. Because the stairs are narrow they don’t let many people enter all together.

Then you should remember that there isn’t an elevator and you must use the stairs.

What is a very interesting thing about Giotto’s Bell Tower is that you can arrive at the very top of the tower where there is the roof. All along the four sides, there is an aisle protected by a safety net. In this way, you can walk in this aisle and see Florence in all its directions.

Usually, we observe the Florence cathedral from down to up, from the Bell Tower instead you can observe it from up to down.

Florence cathedral: Brunelleschi’s Dome

You can have an amazing view of Florence also from Brunelleschi’s Dome. You can visit it, go up to the top and see Florence from a balcony.

Remember that you should book the time of your visit to Brunelleschi’s Dome. Then you must arrive at the entrance 20 minutes before the time of the visit for security checks. You can use the following link to book your visit: https://grandemuseodelduomo.waf.it/en/cumulative-ticket-great-museum-of-the-cathedral-of-florence

For the Florence Cathedral instead, you don’t need a ticket because it’s free and not bookable.

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Is Florence Italy worth seeing

10 Top things to do in Florence Italy. Visit Florence! – In Italy, there is a lot to visit and it isn’t easy to decide which city to visit. Florence is famous in the world but you may wonder: Is Florence Italy worth seeing? Should I visit Florence? The answer is yes for more than one reason. Let’s see 10 unforgettable things to do in Florence Italy.

10 Top Things to do in Florence

Now we see the 10 Top Things to do in Florence that are:

  1. Center of Florence and Ponte Vecchio
  2. Uffizi Museum
  3. View from Piazzale Michelangelo
  4. Brunelleschi’s dome
  5. Academy Museum
  6. Giotto’s Bell Tower
  7. Terraces of the Cathedral
  8. Palazzo Vecchio
  9. Leonardo’s Museum
  10. Dante’s house

Things to do in Florence: visit Florence and admire art

Florence is worth seeing just for the city itself. Its monuments make the city different from all the others. Its old bridge, the white well-decorated cathedral, the shape of Palazzo Vecchio, and the white famous statues in the square make Florence unique.

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1 – Center of Florence and Ponte Vecchio

The first thing you should do in Florence is to walk along the river Arno and see Florence’s profile. Along the Arno, you’ll find also the famous Ponte Vecchio or Old Bridge. From here go into the city center to start admiring the beauty of Florence’s monuments.

Florence from the walk along the river Arno:

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