And let’s travel again! San Miniato al Tedesco in Tuscany is an antique town which is famous for white truffles – you want to lose yourself in paradise of truffles? Come to San Miniato in November when is a fair of truffles 🙂 But now phototour in this beautiful antique city in Tuscany!
A little bit of history:
San Miniato is in the Pisa Province of Tuscany and in the middle of the way of Florence and Pisa. Since the Middle Ages, it has been considered strategic place because it is situated atop three small hills, where it dominates the lower Arno valley, between the valleys of Egola and Elsa (three rivers that flow in Tuscany). San Miniato is also famous for its fashion district and is a big centre for the production of leather and leather products. When we were there we got in in a little fair of vintage clothes where Bart’s bought a pair of jeans of Diesel just for 8 euro! 🙂
San Miniato is surrounded by Tuscan hills:
The Tower at the top of the hill, known as Friederick’s tower (rocca Federico II) was the prison of Pier delle Vigne, one of Friederick II’s stewards. He killed himself there, as recounted in Dante’s Divine Comedy. During World War II, the tower was destroyed by the German Army to prevent the Allies from using it as a gun-sighting tower, but was reconstructed in 1958.
Panoramic view from tower:
Piazza della Repubblica and palazzo del Seminario:
The Duomo (Cathedral), dedicated to both Sant’Assunta and Santo Genesio or Saint Genesius of Rome. It was originally a Romanesque building, but it has been remodelled several times and exhibits Gothic and some Renaissance architectural elements. The 13th-century façade incorporates a number of colorful majolica bowls. The cathedral’s campanile, torre di Matilde, a fortification annexed in is called the Matilde Tower and features an asymmetrical clock.
The church of San Domenico, which refers to the fact that the Dominicans took over the church in the 14th century. Interior styled in Baroque – it contains frescoes and paintings from 14th – to 18th – century made by Florentine school.
After our little trip we went to drink espresso and went back home 🙂