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Historic Centre of San Gimignano is a World Heritage Site in the province of Siena, in Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is a walled medieval hill town that is famous for its medieval towers. The town is also renowned for its white wine, known as Vernaccia di San Gimignano.


Towers of San Gimignano
Towers of San Gimignano
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San Gimignano was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Etruscans. It got its name in the 10th century, when it was named after the Bishop Saint Geminianus who defended the town against invasions by the troops of Attila the Hun.

The main attraction in San Gimignano today are its medieval towers. There are still fourteen of them of varying heights. Also part of the world heritage inscription are its churches, including the Collegiata, which was formerly a cathedral, and Sant'Agostino, which is home to many Italian renaissance masterpieces.

Historic Centre of San Gimignano was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 14th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Banff, Canada, on 7 - 12 December, 1990.


Square in San Gimignano
Square in San Gimignano
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 43 28 5.016 E 11 2 30.012 in the Province of Siena, Tuscany
Inscription Year: 1990
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, III, IV
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