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Manarola, the most colorful little town in the world in Liguria, Italy

Manarola, the most colorful little town in the world in Liguria, Italy

Manarola is the penultimate town that makes up the Cinque Terre walking from North to South, after having known Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia; just before reaching Riomaggiore. What characterizes Manarola? Its liveliness, its fantastic restaurants and its architectural beauty,so many colorful houses nestled in the 

Alberobello, the village of Trullos, strangest and most picturesque in Italy.

Alberobello, the village of Trullos, strangest and most picturesque in Italy.

What makes Alberobello one of the most important tourist destinations in southern Italy, and Puglia, are its Trullos. These are white cylindrical buildings with ceilings shaped like a stone cone. These houses make it look like a fairytale town and have incredible places. It is 

San Gimignano, the village of medieval towers in Tuscany, Italy

San Gimignano, the village of medieval towers in Tuscany, Italy

San Gimignano is a medieval town located in the hills of the region of Tuscany. This place, also called «The City of a Thousand Towers» is just 60 km from Florence. That’s why if you are in the Florentine capital and want to know this beautiful town.

Travel to San Gimignano

San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a small town ideal for a midday visit.

Its distance from Florence, allows you to know it when you go on an excursion to other neighboring cities, such as Monteriggioni (a medieval town surrounded by circular walls) or Siena.

Already being in San Gimignano we can travel it in a couple of hours. The town center has 2 main roads, one is Via San Matteo and the other is Via San Giovanni.

In addition, it has 4 seats, the Piazzas della Cisterna, the Duomo, delle Erbe and Pecori. Walking through its streets you will find the important buildings of the city, such as the Duomo, the Palazzo Comunale and the Collegiata.

One of the things that attracts tourists to San Gimignano are the fourteen towers of the medieval era that are still preserved there.

These were made, along with another fifty-eight more, as a way for wealthy families to show their power and wealth, it was like a way to compete with each other. At that time San Gimignano was the Manhattan of its time.

What to see and do on a trip to San Gimignano


The Duomo is a temple called Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta that is located in the Basilica Square of San Gimignano.

Inside it houses a collection of frescoes that pay homage to art at its best. For this reason, the Duomo, dating from 1148, is one of the most prestigious museums in the region of Tuscany.

Palazzo Comunale, San Gimignano

The Palazzo Comunale de San Gimignano offers headquarters to the communal authorities and the Civic Museum.

It is one of the most important buildings in the town. There, as we have already mentioned, you can ascend the 54m high of the Grossa Tower, which dates from the year 1311, and observe panoramic views of the city. Florentine and Senesian works are exhibited in the Civic Museum.

Piazza della Cisterna

In the Piazza della Cisterna you will find the most interesting and authentic site of San Gimignano. The palaces, the fountains, the original road, the towers, in short, all the architecture that is contemplated in this square will take you to the Middle Ages.

La Rocca of San Gimignano

La Rocca de San Gimignano is the fortress of this town that is fully walled. In the distance it is possible to see the imposing image that this city fortress offers.

These moles of stones rise defensively guarding the towers and structure of the town.

Gelateria della Piazza

If you are one of those who love ice cream, do not forget to go to the Gelateria della Piazza. This ice cream shop is in Piazza della Cisterna, in the heart of the city.

It is a category ice cream shop, it is famous worldwide and has received awards for the quality of ice cream it sells.

Museo del Vino della Vernaccia

San Gimignano has a white wine that is world renowned, it is called La Vernaccia de San Gimignano. To know the quality of the product and the wine culture and tradition of this city visit the Museo del Vino della Vernaccia. Ideal place for wine lovers.

San Gimignano Museum 1300

Getting to know the San Gimignano 1300 Museum is an interesting visit. There you will see a stunning reconstruction made in San Gimignano pottery, just as it was for the s. XIII and XIV.

How to get?

There are several ways to get to San Gimignano from Florence


There is no train that connects directly to San Gimignano with Florence. The closest train is the one that goes from Florence to Poggibonsi and then you would have to take a bus from Poggibonsi to San Gimignano. Because of this, using the train to go to this town is not the most recommended option.


The journey from Florence to San Gimignano can take 1½-2h. There are quite a few buses with direction Poggibonsi during the day. They leave several buses a day. Already in Poggibonsi you have to take another bus to San Gimignano.


If you prefer you can travel to San Gimignano from Florence by car, you just have to drive 60km southbound from the Tuscan capital. If you don’t have one of your own you can have the car rental service.

The Amalfi Coast, the beautiful coastal area in Italy

The Amalfi Coast, the beautiful coastal area in Italy

The Amalfi or Amalfi coast, with its natural and architectural landscape of great beauty, has attracted poets, artists and travelers from all over the world. In fact, it has been a place of exchange between the Islamic world and the West, rich in contrasts, the 

The Blue Grotto, the most famous cave in Capri

The Blue Grotto, the most famous cave in Capri

The blue grotto (or grotta azurra in Italian) is a small cave that is well known for the intense blue color that can be seen inside and that is reflected up to its walls and ceiling. To be able to visit it, the only way 

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio is to Florence what the Colosseum is to Rome, and its image is the best known and most representative of the city. The Ponte Vecchio is the symbol of romanticism that floods all of Florence.

The origins of the «Old Bridge» date back to 1345, which makes it the oldest stone bridge in Europe.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, its hanging houses were occupied by butchers and slaughterers, but when the court moved to the Pitti Palace, Fernando I ordered the shops closed because of the bad smell. Since then the stores have been occupied by jewelers and goldsmiths.

Another curious detail of the time was the construction of the Vasari Corridor, a corridor that crosses the eastern part of the bridge from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti.

During the Second World War, the Ponte Vecchio was the only one of the bridges of Florence that was not destroyed by the German troops.

Many centuries ago, bridges served many purposes. Apart from allowing you to pass over water, it was common for medieval bridges to have chapels and houses built on them, and many were fortified with towers and walls, because the bridges served as important points of entry to the cities. The Ponte Vecchio or the «Old Bridge» over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, is a medieval stone bridge known for keeping shops built along it.

The first bridge over the Arno River, probably was built by the Romans in stone and wood and is mentioned in a document dating from 996. The bridge was dragged by a flood in 1117 and was rebuilt in stone only to be destroyed again by another flood in 1333, except for its two central pillars. Consequently, the bridge was rebuilt, twelve years later, designed by the Italian painter and most talented architect Giotto’s disciple, Taddeo Gaddi, who was a painter and architect on his own merits.

Today, the Arno River is crossed by six bridges, all of which can be crossed on foot or by vehicle, except Ponte Vecchio, which does not allow vehicle traffic. That’s because this iconic medieval bridge is always full of buyers.

Shops of the Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio has been home to shops through its extension since the 13th century. Merchants sold their wares on boards after receiving approval to do so from the competent authorities. When a merchant could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his merchandise (the «Bank») was physically broken («rotto») by the soldiers, effectively closing his business. This practice is called «bancorotto» and it is believed that the economic concept of bankruptcy (bacarrota) originated here.

The stores belonged to the Commune and were rented, originally for butchers, fishmongers, and tanners. But these merchants produced so much garbage and stench that Duke Ferdinando de Medici threw them out and replaced them with goldsmiths. The problem was that the Vasari Corridor that connects the town hall of Florence, with the palace of the ruling family, passes over the Ponte Vecchio and tunia to withstand the nauseating smell. So the duke decided that the new occupants of the bridge should be goldsmiths. Jewelers still make up the majority of Ponte Vecchio stores today. In fact, some of the best jewelers in Florence sell their creations on this medieval bridge. There are also some art studios and souvenir shops.

Towards the 15th century, the stores that were originally for rent were sold to private owners and began to alter the superstructure by adding exterior terraces and rooms that extended to the river supported by wooden supports. In the 17th century the bridge had acquired the chaotic appearance that we see today.

During the Second World War, when the Germans withdrew from Italy to Germany, they destroyed many beautiful bridges in Italy to prevent the advance of the allies. All the bridges in Florence were blown up, but Ponte Vecchio was saved. Instead, they blocked access by demolishing the medieval buildings on each side. Even Adolf Hitler recognized that the destruction of Ponte Vecchio would be a crime too great.

The three central arched windows were added in 1938 by Mussolini for the benefit of Adolf Hitler, so that the Führer could enjoy a good view of Florence, when he was invited for a state visit.

The padlocks of the Ponte Vecchio

In addition to its hanging houses, if there is something that characterized the bridge for years was the number of padlocks that were placed on it as a sign of love.

At the moment the rite continues working, but every very little time the authorities remove the padlocks for the security of the structure.


Between Via Santa Maria and Via dei Guicciardini

How to get:

Buses: lines D and C3.

The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous artistic treasures of the Vatican City, built between 1471 and 1484, in the time of Pope Sixtus IV, from which the name by which it is known, although initially called Palatine Chapel. It is known throughout