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The medieval villages of San Gimignano and Volterra

The medieval villages of San Gimignano and Volterra

The beaches of Vada represent the direct outlet on the coast of important medieval villages of Val di Cecina, about 70 km from the sea. San Gimignano and Volterra are among these. Staying on the coast, these ancient villages are easily accessible and can be visited in a day.
San Gimignano is known as the «Manhattan of the Middle Ages» because in the period of greatest splendor, the fourteenth century, it had 72 high towers. Every nobleman of the city showed his economic and social power by equipping his house with a tower. The old town still has a dozen in excellent condition. This characteristic makes the village definitely suggestive. San Gimignano is an example, unique in Europe, of typical medieval architecture and for this reason it has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Volterra is an ancient Etruscan city, one of the most important in history. The city stands on top of a hill surrounded by cultivated fields, groves and wild Mediterranean vegetation. The heart of the village is represented by the scenic medieval cathedral with attached baptistery and bell tower. The highest part of the city is instead dominated by the Medici Fortress, an imposing castle from which you can enjoy a magnificent view over the whole territory. From here, the panorama of the Tuscan countryside is truly wonderful, the gaze roams free on the cultivated fields, the villages and the streets of the area.