HISTORY, TRADITION AND CULTURE OF A PLACE LOVELY MELTING WITH MAGIC AND LEGENDS
Those who have already visited San Gimignano will certainly have been impressed by the great component historical and traditional of a charming and characteristic village. Despite the many historical finds, monuments, local crafts, cuisine and traditions, in fact, San Gimignano is also a legend: together we discover the most beautiful ones.
San Gimignano and the fog … The origins of San Gimignano date back to the distant year 929, during which Hugh of Provence donated to the Bishop of Volterra, who was probably called Gimignano, the mountain called Della Torre. The new owner, frightened by the impending barbaric invasion, caused a thick fog to descend on it to being able to save him and in fact, it is said that in this way he had the best against Tatila.
Santa Fina, today’s patron saint of San Gimignano, lived in the distant year 1200 in a humble and decorous way, inside her small house, which you can still visit today going up Via del Castello from Piazza of the Cisterna.
Her only leisure was to go to Mass and one day, on her usual return, she met a knight who gave her an apple. Convinced of having fallen into sin, Fina, self-inflicted an exemplary punishment : she had to live motionless on a wooden table in his cellar. Shortly before she died, she was tempted by the devil, but she was able to resist invoking the protection of San Gregorio. On the day of her death the church bells began to sound autonomously and some yellow flowers to bloom near the village, which still today continue to characterize San Gimignano and lead just the name of “flowers of Santa Fina“.
The Devil’s Tower Among the towers of San Gimignano that have survived the passing of time, the Devil’s Tower is surely the most famous one, thanks also to the popular virtual game Assassin’s Creed.
This construction is linked to a very particular legend that sees its first owner absent for a long business trip. On his return, however, he noticed that something had changed: the tower had assumed a higher dimension without him having planned work and without anyone being intervened in this regard. In order to be able to give an explanation, the owner became convinced that the rise of the tower had been a deed of the devil and today the very highest part takes on a sinister aspect esoteric due to the presence of very protruding shelves to the outside.
In short, as you may have understood, visiting San Gimignano is not just a unique experience for regarding the real history and culture of the place but also for this halo of legends and mysteries that there gravitate around. What are you waiting for to book your holiday in San Gimignano? We are waiting!
LA STORIA, LA TRADIZIONE E LA CULTURA DI UN BORGO INCANTEVOLE SI FONDONO CON MAGICHE E LONTANE LEGGENDE A chi è già capitato di visitare San Gimignano sarà sicuramente rimasta impressa la grande componente storica e tradizionale di un borgo affascinante e caratteristico. Nonostante i tanti reperti storici, i monumenti, l’artigianato locale, la cucina e le tradizioni, infatti, San Gimignano è anche leggenda: scopriamo insieme quelle più belle.
San Gimignano e la nebbia… Le origini di San Gimignano risalgono al lontano anno 929, durante il quale Ugo di Provenza donò al Vescovo di Volterra, che probabilmente si chiamava proprio Gimignano, il monte detto Della Torre.
Il nuovo proprietario, spaventato dall’imminente invasione barbarica, fece scendere una fitta nebbia su di esso per poterlo salvare ed infatti, si dice che in questo modo ebbe la meglio contro Tatila.
Santa Fina, patrona odierna di San Gimignano, visse nel lontano anno 1200 in modo umile e decoroso, all’interno della sua piccola casa, che potrete visitare ancor’oggi salendo verso Via del Castello da Piazza della Cisterna.
Il suo unico svago era quello di andare a messa ed un giorno, al suo solito rientro incontrò un cavaliere che le regalò una mela. Convinta di essere caduta nel peccato, Fina, si inflisse un castigo esemplare: doveva vivere immobile sopra una tavola di legno nella sua cantina.
Poco prima di morire, fra gli stenti, la tentò il diavolo ma lei seppe resistere invocando la protezione di San Gregorio. Il giorno della sua morte le campane della chiesa iniziarono a suonare in autonomia e dei fiori gialli a sbocciare nei pressi del borgo, che tutt’oggi continuano a caratterizzare San Gimignano e portano proprio il nome di “fiori di Santa Fina”.
La Torre del Diavolo
Fra le torri di San Gimignano sopravvissute allo scorrere del tempo, la Torre del Diavolo è sicuramente quella più famosa, grazie anche al popolare gioco virtuale Assassin’s Creed. A questa costruzione è legata una leggenda molto particolare che vede il suo primo proprietario assentarsi per un lungo viaggio di lavoro. Al suo rientro, egli però si accorse che qualcosa era cambiato: la torre aveva assunto una dimensione più elevata senza che lui avesse programmato dei lavori e senza che nessuno fosse intervenuto in tal senso.
Per potersi dare una spiegazione, il proprietario si convinse che il rialzo della torre fosse stata un’impresa del diavolo e ad oggi proprio la parte più alta assume un aspetto sinistro ed esoterico a causa della presenza di mensole molto sporgenti verso l’esterno. Insomma, come avrai ben capito, visitare San Gimignano non rappresenta soltanto un’esperienza unica per quanto riguarda la storia e la cultura reali del posto ma anche per questo alone di leggende e misteri che vi gravitano attorno. Cosa aspetti a prenotare la tua vacanza a San Gimignano? Ti stiamo aspettando!
The truffle on our tables The truffle is an excellent versatile ingredient and appreciated by most palates, able to garnish many types of dishes of our Italian cuisine and also, in this case, of the Tuscan one. Coming to visit San Gimignano, in fact, in addition to the many cultural experiences that you can do, you will also be able to taste succulent menus of our tradition, sometimes garnished with the inevitable truffle. You may be wondering why Tuscany loves this ingredient so much. Well the answer is simple: in this region it is possible to get more than 25% of the national truffle production every year and this is why it has become a fundamental and characteristic element of our cuisine.
White or black it doesn’t matter: in Tuscany there are many typical and tasty dishes sometimes enhanced by one and other times by the other type without distinction of any kind. If you have booked your stay in San Gimignano during the autumn months you will not be able to avoid tasting some dishes of this type and attending events and truffle festivals in person. Here are the best truffle festivals in Tuscany Among the many manifestations of this kind we can remember the most important: In Volterra Volterragusto returns every October and November, an event entirely dedicated to the local white truffle. In San Giovanni d’Asso every November you can attend the White Truffle Market Exhibition in the Creste Senesi. In San Miniato, for as many as 3 consecutive weekends during the month of November, it will be possible to attend the National White Truffle Market Exhibition, with over 120 exhibitors who will present the best Italian and Tuscan gastronomic excellences, also using precisely the truffle. If you intend to visit San Gimignano, don’t forget these appointments. In addition to being able to savor new, traditional and truffled flavors in one of the many quality restaurants in the historic center, you can reach some villages or neighboring towns to attend one of the festivals aimed precisely at truffles. Also remember that the truffle and consequently any dish enriched with this ingredient will reach perfection even more if accompanied by a traditional wine from San Gimignano or anyway from Tuscany. Obviously, in addition to these interesting experiences you can plan many other activities such as, for example, a walk in the historic center, around the towers, a visit to the civic museums or in one of the many craft shops that survived the passing of time.
COME TO TUSCANY IN THE MONTHS OF NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER: THE BEST CHESTNUT FESTIVALS ARE WAITING FOR YOU
Autumn is synonymous with chestnuts … There are many truffle and chestnut fairs scattered throughout Tuscany. Autumn, in fact, is a very rich month in these fruits of the subsoil: the truffle manages to enrich the dishes of any menu while the chestnut manages to be a fundamental and particular raw material to create traditional and high-level dishes. How to forget the typical chestnut polenta, fritters, boiled chestnuts or roasted chestnuts? These delicacies take us back in time, when our grandparents and our ancestors had very little food available and had to make do to survive. It was precisely in those moments that unique, traditional and characteristic delicacies were created. Come and visit San Gimignano: you will have the chance to taste these foods and to discover an excellent food culture
The Chestnut Festival in San Gimignano The Chestnut Festival is not only celebrated in San Gimignano: during the month of October you can attend those of Arcidosso, Abbadia San Salvatore, on the Amiata Mountain, Palazzuolo sul Senio, Marradi, Piteglio and some in the province of Arezzo . If, on the other hand, you have chosen to stay in a hotel in San Gimignano, you can attend the Chestnuts and Vino Novo event. The events of this unmissable festival are the following: October 30th-31st, November 1st, every Sunday in November and more, December 8th-10th. Choose the date that is right for you, reach Piazza del Duomo and taste the excellent hot chestnuts accompanied by a glass of new wine. Besides being a way to taste local products, you can warm up during a walk in the historical center, in a definitely more intimate than the one to which you have certainly seen during the spring and summer months. The event is organized every year by the Knights of Santa Fina Association, whose volunteers will work with their own stands just below the loggia of the Municipality to wait for you, from the morning to 10.00 am until the evening at 7.00 pm, and spend pleasant moments together. Visitors, in addition to being able to celebrate the chestnut and wine of San Gimignano, will be able to share their shots on Socials with the hastag #castagnevinonovo, becoming a part of and increasing the popularity of our tradition even more. What are you waiting for? Come visit San Gimignano in November and December: over the many other special experiences and discoveries that you can do, you can also see this unmissable Chestnut Festival.