San Gimignano is another walled medieval Tuscan town with a few notable differences from Siena – well make that about a dozen notable differences. San Gimignano is famous for its unique tower houses, around a dozen of them that pierce the skyline. The towers were built by families so that they could live out of harm’s way as wars and conflicts raged down below. There were 72 of these towers by the end of the Medieval period, with some rising more than 20 stories.
The towers and the historic city center make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the piazza della cisterna, where you will find a well that was the main source of water for the town’s residents. You can climb to the top of the town’s highest towers, or you can do as I did, make your way to the top of the town walls for beautiful views overlooking Tuscany.