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Coat of arms of San Gimignano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
San Gimignano delle belle Torri is 32 miles southwest of Florence. It is considered the Manhattan of Tuscany. The majestic skyline of noble towers was built for defensive purposes and as a symbol of status and wealth.
Many towns, such as San Gimignano, were enclosed with walls, causing crowding and the building of tower houses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This destination served as an important relay point for pilgrims traveling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena.
San Gimignano view from torre grossa 5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The patrician families who controlled the town built 72 tower houses (some as high as 50 meters) as symbols of their wealth and power. The Torre Grossa is still open to the public. Although only 13 of the original towers have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
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San Gimignano view from torre grossa 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You probably didn’t know about the Spooky Musuem in San Gimignano where you can celebrate Halloween all year long! Visit the Museo Pena di Morte.
Panforte at a shop in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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