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Escorted Rail Tours to San Gimignano

Verdant hills and thirteen medieval towers

The striking walled town of San Gimignano took its name in the 10th century, from the bishop St Geminianus, who had defended the first settlement here from Attila's Hun forces. San Gimignano's position amongst an array of fertile hills ensured that the town became rich primarily as a farming community. The thriving town was able to govern itself independently, and in this time many competitive Tuscan families built tall towers here - each a little bit taller than the last one.

The arrival of the Black Death in 1348 put paid to San Gimignano's independence. Having lost much of its population, the town was compelled to look to Florence for protection and governance. As a result, the town developed very little through the next few centuries - meaning that much of its historic core has been preserved to the present day. One of the most famous features about this rural town is that an incredible thirteen of its towers from the Middle Ages have survived, and they now all stand proudly overlooking the hillside as an iconic symbol of the town.

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Highlights of Tuscany Fly:Rail

Discover the true colours of this acclaimed region on a tour of the highlights of Tuscany. Ochre and terracotta hill towns linked by winding white roads, interspersed with fields of poppies and sunflowers, contrast with the magnificent architecture of the great Renaissance cities.

Departs from May 2017 to August 2017.
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8 days from £1,245per personView tour details
Highlights of Tuscany

Discover the true colours of this acclaimed region on a tour of the highlights of Tuscany. Ochre and terracotta hill towns linked by winding white roads, interspersed with fields of poppies and sunflowers contrast with the magnificent architecture of the great Renaissance cities.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £1,645per personView tour details
A Tuscan Retreat

From our base at the beautiful Villa San Paolo, close to San Gimignano, we explore the Renaissance delights of striking Florence, see the Gothic beauty of Siena, and sample the rich fruits of Tuscan sunshine with a Chianti wine tasting, on this relaxed, scenic Italian holiday.

Departs from May 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £2,295per personView tour details
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