San Gimignano a UNESCO World Heritage SiteVisit San Gimignano a a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tuscany
San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due the recognition to the towers that compose it. Once they were seventy-two, but today there are only thirteen and confer the status elegant town in the province of Siena.
The cathedral, completed in 1148, is considered one of the most prestigious museums in Tuscany. Built on three naves is a container of frescoes by the Florentine School: San Sebastian (Benozzo Gozzoli), Stories of Santa Fina by Domenico Ghirlandaio and wooden statues by Jacopo della Quercia. Also interesting is the Town Hall, which formerly housed the mayor.
Its worldwide fame, not come only from the particular architecture, but mostly from the wealth of artworks and the Vernaccia di San Gimignano: a fine white wine that is only produced here. It seems that the variety has been introduced for the first time in San Gimignano from a certain Vieri de 'Bardi, from Liguria, around the '200.
His descendants, Zanobi and Angiolo Bardi, were the creators of the development of the cultivation of the vine, today very popular and famous. But, already in 1276, the trade of Vernaccia di San Gimignano was so flourished. In fact in that year, was imposed in the "Ordinances of Gabella" of the Municipality of San Gimignano a tax of "Threepenny" for every pack of Vernaccia outside the City.