San Gimignano dates back to the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC) & in the 10th century was named after the Holy Bishop of Modena, St. Gimignano. The construction of the towers dates back to the 11th & 13th centuries & were more of a status symbol of wealth, rather than for any other use. Only 14 towers of the 72 towers still remain. This town has been known for the cultivation of saffron since the middle ages. In the early 1200s the town had a population of over 7000, but was hit hard by the Black Death Plague in 1348, 1464 & 1631.
For more information on San Gimignano, please visit http://www.sangimignano.com/sghomei.htm .