take advantage of cards that have bad launching abilities like nicolo machiaveli and ezio da firenze thats one hint.. aside from that a big site deck (sites with 5 influence and san gimi) with those two agents and some income boosters worked for me.
I did the same. That 8 power gold site that resets every region to zero won't reset anymore. You'll get through it like a hot knife through butter.
kyle, is this one of those changes that kind of flew under-the-radar? I haven't used San Gimignano for a while now so its interesting to hear that it no longer resets your regions to 0 when it resolves.