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San Gimignano is a pretty medieval walled city in Tuscany, Italy, famous for its historic centre with beautiful towers (inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List) and great art. It is small enough to be effectively visited as a day trip from nearby cities like Siena and Florence, but it has a different, more peaceful atmosphere at night that many travelers find it worthwhile to experience.

San Gimignano is a very small city, more like a town in the countryside, but it punches way above its weight in beauty and draw for visitors. Known as the "Town of Fine Towers", San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of 14 of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls, form an unforgettable skyline. Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. 

Just visiting to walk through, experience the intact centro storico and admire the view of the lovely Tuscan countryside from its high perch is worthwhile, but what makes this place special is the very high quality of its attractions. In a town too small to have a duomo, its Collegiata and the Church of Sant'Agostino both have great frescoes, and the small museum in its little Palazzo Pubblico also contains great art.

- Wikivoyage

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