San Gimignano

San Gimignano (324 m.) is one of the towns that really influences the image that a lot of people have of Tuscany. The town is dominated by towers and in many ways looks exactly as many Tuscan towns did in the Middle Ages. Whilst elsewhere most residential towers disappeared over the centuries, here 14 of the 72 that used to adorn the town have been preserved. These have ensured that the town's medieval appearance has been carefully preserved.