'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/550Unless you've played Assassin's Creed II, it's unlikely you would've heard of San Gimignano. Halfway (ish) between Siena and Florence, it's not really on the way from one to the other, making it even less likely of a stop. However, it is a UNESCO site after all, so we dutifully headed there after we'd ticked Pisa off the list.
The drive took us through some beautiful, postcardy Tuscan landscapes. The town itself is hard to miss, even from afar - its towers jutting out like ancient office buildings.
|I'm sure we could just jump right off with no ill effects, just like in Assassin's Creed, right??|
Border Patrol, had I attempted to get this past the biosecurity staff at Auckland Airport. A shame, because just think of the hipster bragging rights! 'Oh, this? I picked this up from a little town in Tuscany...'
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