Towering Tuscany delight

Famous for its spectacular medieval towers, San Gimignano’s cuisine and wines are as impressive as its historic sights, writes Stuart Clark.

22nd July, 2006

Hooray for 13th century one-upmanship! Eager to show that they were wealthier than their rivals, the medieval merchants of San Gimignano engaged in the construction of ever taller and more ornate stone towers.

Although many have since collapsed - cowboy builders are not a new phenomenon - enough remain for the Tuscan town to be fully deserving of its ‘‘Medieval Manhattan’’ nickname.

Unesco World Heritage status means that, unlike its New...

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