San Gimignano in Tuscany: Paths of Middle Ages in Italy

Jun 24, 2015 785

This awesome skyline is known throughout the world for its towers, and legacy of a past in which power was demonstrated by an impressive architecture. During the struggle for supremacy between rival families, the loser's tower-house would be demolished and the winner's one elevated for even more height.

There were over seventy towers, raised and torn down according to the power play and success of a family over the other, as long as there remained standing only a few. Today the towers left are concentrated between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna, in the living center of the city, halfway between the main entrance doors Porta San Martino and Porta San Giovanni.

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