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.