The origins of San Gimignano

San Gimignano was founded in 63 B.C. by two young, noble, Roman brothers, Muzio and Silvio, who found refuge in the nearby Valdelsa valley.
The name of the town was first recorded in 929 A.D., when Hugh of Provence presented the Bishop of Volterra with a hill called ‘della Torre’ (of the Tower).

San Gimignano has constantly been inhabited since Etruscan times, as shown by some tombs discovered in the town’s historical centre.
In 998 A.D. San Gimignano was still a village, crossed by the Via Francigena pilgrim route and included in the Bishop of Volterra’s fief.

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San Gimignano started to develop after 1000 A.D., when its geographic location became strategic: the presence of the Via Francigena was very fortunate and the village welcomed numerous pilgrims.

In 1199 A.D. the town became an independent commune and thrived: this is when the inhabitants started growing saffron and vines, began trading wool and developed financial activities. In the first half of the 14th century the population amounted to ca. 13,000 people but sadly this number decreased significantly due to a terrible plague epidemic in 1348.
The town was later conquered by the city of Florence.

Nowadays around 7,800 people live in the municipality of San Gimignano and its economy is mostly based on agriculture thanks to the high-standard production of Vernaccia wine, saffron, ‘cinta senese’ cured meats, Tuscan ham, extra virgin olive oil and on flourishing tourism. Because of the typical medieval architecture of its historical centre, the town is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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