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San Gimignano

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This is the place which was famous for its skyline long before people learned to built skyscrapers. Unlike many other towns who lost their fortifications due to wars, urban renewal or nature catastrophies, San Gimignano managed to conserve fourteen city wall towers of different heights. This can be partly explained by the fact that the town stand on top of the hill - which makes its skyline even more dramatic. Within the walls, this small town is a fine example of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The historic centre of San Gimignano is UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990. The town is also known for the white wine made of ancient variety of vernaccia grape, quite straightforwardly named Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

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