San Gimignano is an Italian town in Tuscany in the upper Elsa valley with a medieval center. San Gimignano is also “Medieval Manhattan” or the “city of towers” called. The city is located in the province of Siena and has 7806 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2010). It belongs next to Florence, Siena and Pisa, the most visited destinations of tourists in Tuscany.
The historic center is since 1990 part of the world heritage of UNESCO. San Gimignano has some of the medieval towers, which were preserved in other cities only as stumps. The rich families in the Middle Ages tried to outdo each other in the height of their towers and thereby to demonstrate their power. That seemed to be more important than a life of luxury, which in those towers was not possible. There are 72 families from the former towers of San Gimignano today 15th.
The site extends over 138 square kilometers, the population density is about 51 inhabitants / km². The village lies on the Via Francigena. The neighboring communities are Barberino Val d’Elsa (FI), Certaldo (FI), Colle di Val d’Elsa, Certaldo (FI), Poggibonsi and Volterra (PI).