If you are visiting Tuscany and love the old medieval towns of Italy, San Gimignano is a perfect retreat. It’s a small town set upon a walled hill in the province of Siena, around 56km from Florence. San Gimignano’s history can be traced back as far as the 3rd Century BC when it was a typical small Italian village.
The town is famous for the fourteen towers that dominate the skyline and provide a stunning view across the Tuscan countryside. Originally there were an impressive 72 towers, built by the patrician families around the 11th — 13th Centuries. One of these towers, the tallest in town at 54m, has been revamped inside and opened to the public. It is a hard climb, and the very top section involves clambering up a ladder and ducking your head at the top to avoid the huge bell, but the views are splendid in every direction. If you love typical Tuscan hills, dotted with villages, villas and cedar trees then you will definitely want to make the climb. Continue reading