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Europe 2007 Part 43 San Gimignano Part 2

The word ‘campanelismo’ in Italian refers to the competition between towns to build ever higher clock towers. In San Gimignano this procedure was taken to extremes as individual families sought to built towers as high as they could in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Once around 20 towers stood, today there are still 13 with the highest being 54 metres in height. San Gimignano was founded around 2300 years ago by the Etruscans. In the tenth century CE it took the name of its bishop Saint Geminianus who had allegedly successful defended the town from Attila the Hun some 500 years earlier. However the town rose to fame as a stopping point on the medieval tourist route leading to Rome called the via Francigena. This was further added by trade largely in agricultural products.It achieved independence from the Bishops of Volterra in 1199 although disputes betweent Guelphs and Ghibellines disturbed the peace. Its most famous visit occured on 8 May 1300 when Dante Alighieri called as the ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany.The black plague finished the town’s prosperity when it killed a large amount of people in 1348. (One third of the population of Europe were killed by the disease.) Five years later it was annexed by Florence. This is a wonderful place to visit and it is a pity that my visit occured so late in the day. My channel on you tube : www.youtube.com is one of themost prolific from Poland, although unfortunately not the most visited. I have produced a

BEAUTIFUL HILLTOP 2 Story Farmhouse APARTMENT by owner LA COLLINA is situated in the heart of Tuscany (hills, between Volterra, famous Etruscan and medieval city and San Gimignano, famous all over the world for its characteristic towers. You can easily visit Florence, Siena and Pisa, Chianti…

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