A journey among history and legend from Pisa to San Gimignano
We're not just talking about the Mangia Tower that overshadows Siena's piazza del Campo or the Guinigi Tower with its hanging gardens over Lucca. Today we're taking you on a tour to discover 5 lesser-known but totally original towers that scale the heights of Tuscany.
San Gimignano, the Manhattan of the Middle Ages, boasted 72 towers in its heyday. Now only 16 remain, including the two Salvucci Towers, also known as the “Twin Towers”, located in piazza del Duomo: they were once the tallest towers in the town. The Salvucci family took a risk in building them, surpassing the 51 metres of the Torre Rognosa, even though town laws prohibited it. This explains why the “Twin Towers” are missing their points.