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The medieval town of San Gimignano (SI) Tuscany Italy

San Gimignano is a small medieval hill town in the province of Siena Italy. It is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage. It still conserves its characteristics as a medieval town. Some old towers are still standing here. This town is also famous for the White Wine “Vernaccia di San Gimignano” grown in this area. Originally it was founded as a small village by the Etruscans during the 3rd century BC. The name of the town is given in honor of the Bishop Saint Giminianus of the 10th century AD who had defended the town from Attila’s Huns. In the middle ages and renaissance it is crossed by the so-called Via Francigena, the road of pilgrims from Canterbury to Rome and Vatican so this place was used as a stop-over. St. Fina was born here in 1238 AD. Her birth house is still standing here. She died in March 12, 1253 so her feast day here is celebrated on March 12 of every year. On May 8, 1300 it hosted Dante Alighieri as an Ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany. The town flourished until the year 1348 AD. Its status as a touristic and artistic resort began to be recognized during the 19th century. In our times it is always full of tourists from every part of the globe. I often come here to buy some bottles of Vernaccia like today. Pablo Bisquera.
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A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to San Gimignano, Italy by TravelPod blogger Carnold titled “San Gimignano” Carnold’s travel blog entry: “Sleeping in was awesome, though that came as no surprise. We actually got up for a quick breakfast, fell back asleep a couple times, and finally rolled out of bed and got ready for our trip into the actual town of San Gimignano (which I’m going to refer to as G-Town from here on out since I’m tired out typing out San Gimignano.) G-Town is another walled hill town known mainly for its distinct skyline due to its towers. Though it originally had 70+ towers, most were torn down and only 14 remain. The remaining towers make for fun picture taking though. Since we had a light breakfast, Caitlin and I headed straight for food as soon as we arrived. Lunch was pizza for me (of course) and pasta with saffron for Caitlin since the saffron is one of the things G-Town is known for. The pizza was delicious and a good imitation of Sbarro’s authentic Italian pizza. After lunch, we walked all across the city following Rick Steves’ guided walk with Caitlin narrating from the guidebook (if ever she decides to quit personal training, I’m going to encourage her to become a professional reader…maybe a career recording books on tape…hmm.) We finally gave in and bought an umbrella since apparently we took the Bay Area’s fall weather with us when we left for Italy (you average 5 days of rain in September, Italy? Really? REALLY!?) I found

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SANGIMIGNANO 1300, New Museum Dedicated to Medieval San Gimignano, Italy, Announces Grand Opening

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SANGIMIGNANO 1300, New Museum Dedicated to Medieval San Gimignano, Italy, Announces Grand Opening

(PRWEB) May 12, 2010

The MUSEA Group is pleased to announce the opening of SANGIMIGNANO1300, a uniquely different gem of a museum located in the heart of San Gimignano, Italy. More of a “happening” than a museum, SANGIMIGNANO 1300 provides visitors the opportunity to truly experience and understand the historic, architectural and social aspects of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SANGIMIGNANO 1300 features a massive ceramic reconstruction of the entire city of San Gimignano as it existed in 1300, at the height of its artistic splendour. Architects, historians and a team of artists worked nearly three years to create this spectacular and unprecedented exhibition. This exhibit, “The City Of Beautiful Towers,” includes 800 meticulously handcrafted structures, 72 towers, street scenes and figurines, all faithfully recreated and done entirely by hand using natural pigments and terracotta. More than a ton of clay from the local quarry of Montelupo was used for this exhibit, which is already being praised and admired by the City of San Gimignano, UNESCO and the few visitors who have been lucky enough to see it.

SANGIMIGNANO 1300 is the culmination of the vision of two Master Artists, Michelangelo and Raffaello Rubino. The Brothers Rubino have spent a lifetime developing their skill in their medium of choice, ceramic. Using their skill and artistry, they have created something more than a museum, they have created an artistic experience that, in all, encompasses 4,000 square feet.

In addition to “The City Of Beautiful Towers,” the museum features nine other exhibits that depict the city during its artistic prime, including the reconstruction of the Convent of San Francesco, which was completely demolished in the 16th Century, and “Inside The Tower,” a reconstruction of an architecturally sectioned tower-house. Another reconstructed exhibit is “Palace life,” a three-dimensional reconstruction of a XIV Fresco by Memmo Filippuccio, done entirely in ceramic.

Other exhibits on display include “Outside The Walls,” handcrafted scenes depicting medieval life outside the city walls. Visitors to SANGIMIGNANO 1300 can also witness “Timeline,” hand drawn panels that detail the history of San Gimignano from the Etruscan age to the present day, with an in-depth focus on the medieval period. A visual projection area allows visitors to view documentaries concerning the life and customs of medieval Tuscany. Visitors can also witness “A Day In The City,” featuring staged and historically accurate scenes of medieval life.

Visitors can learn further information still from the exhibit “Via Francigena,” which provides a detailed graphic presentation of the Via Francigena and its spiritual and economic importance. Multimedia areas can also be found throughout the museum. These areas provide information on varying topics, including details on each developmental phase of the museum and in-depth historical and scientific aspects of medieval Tuscany.

The museum boasts state-of-the-art lighting and sound such that each exhibit comes to life! Visitors will be fascinated by more than 200 handcrafted figurines, multiple street scenes, videos, symbolism and a 2,500-year graphic depiction of the city and region.

Those who visit SANGIMIGNANO 1300 and want to memorialize their trip can visit the museum’s gift shop, one of the largest in San Gimignano. The shop carries a vast selection of works of art, DVDs, books and other gifts and collectibles representative of Tuscan craftsmanship. Many objects are one-of-a-kind creations created exclusively by the museum or gathered from local artisans.

SANGIMIGNANO 1300 is variously a museum, exhibition and a unique opportunity to travel back in time. It represents, art, history, research and the magic vision of towers, squares and people of faith. Ultimately, however, it represents hard work, joy and a sincere desire to enhance this incredible medieval city.

For more information about SANGIMIGNANO 1300 or to discuss private tours, group discounts and artist “meet-and-greets,” contact director Pietro Bortolotti. More information about the museum can be found online at

Contact: Pietro Bortolotti, Director: Tel. 561-740-8735 (USA) +39-0577-941078 (ITALY)


Write: info(at)sangimignano1300(dot)com

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