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San Gimignano

San Gimignano's historic center was once had even more towers that served as homes and defensive bastions for the city's richest patrons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  

It is believed that in the past there were at least 72 tower-houses, although only 14 have survived. Several of the towers reached a height of more than 150 feet and their height reflected status, as well as the degree of defensive protection.  The ancient San Gimignanoans must have had hearty constitutions to climb the stairs of their tower homes.  In a more serious note, the city is beautiful during the day, but especially so at night when the towers are illuminated.

              

 

San Gimignano's towers were well fortified. The small openings in the sides of the towers allowed hot oil to be poured onto any invaders attempting access.  Openings at lower levels served as "stabbing-holes" for use with spears and swords.

              

 

                   

Sometimes we forget that towns such as San Gimignano are home to others.  Here we see a harp set outside a residence by a player who has taken a timeout for an caffe espresso.

 

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