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Porta San Giovanni the
entrance gate into San
Gimignano. The main street
(Via San Giovanni) leads from  
here.
Looking down San Giovanni
street toward the Town Gate.
The main street is pedestrian
only.  There is really only one
other street.
San Gimignano is famous for its
towers
. At one time they
numbered in the 40s now 14-16
remain depending on what you
consider a tower.
The passageway through to the
Piazza Cisterna
.
The hills and vineyards of
Tuscany
. Some classic Tuscan
style buildings as well.
The Piazza Cisterna named for
the cistern (1346AD) in the
center. The Tower is the Torre
del Diavolo, the Devil’s Tower.
A few former towers turned into
smaller buildings on the Piazza
Cisterna.
The cistern in the foreground
was the town's main source of
water at one time
. The tall tower
in the background is the Torre
Grossa.
The Devil's Tower so named as
the owner came back from a
long journey and felt it had
grown taller
.
The Collegiate Church on
Piazza Duomo. Groundbreaking
was in the early 12th century.
Torre Grossa the tallest tower at
54 meters
. It was begun in 1300
and completed in 1311. The
attached building is the Palazzo
Comunale.
Five of the towers around Piazza
Duomo
. The short one to the
right is Torre Chigi.
The view of fresco's in the Civic
Museum inside the Palazzo
Comunale.
The very modern steps up the
Torre Grossa
.
Atop the Torre Grossa with the
Hills of Tuscany in the back
ground.
The view from Torre Grossa
looking down Via San Giovanni
toward the town gate
.
Piazza Duomo and the roof of
the Church from atop Torre
Grossa.
On the left are the twin Salvucci
Towers. On the right is the oldest
surviving tower the Torre della
Rognosa.
Looking down into the Piazza
Cisterna
.
Rocca di Montestaffoli was
originally a castle of the Lombard
Astolfo. Later a Dominican
Convent, the fortress was built by
the Florentines in 1353
The courtyard of the Palazzo
Comunale
.
A covered walkway near the
town walls
.
Again on the left are the twin
Salvucci Towers. On the right is
the Torre della Rognosa
rising
from the town hall.
The tall tower is the Torre
Grossa. Storm clouds moved in
from clear skies very quickly
.
Wandering down Via San
Giovanni.
I took a break at a Cafe on
Piazza Cisterna just as it started
to rain and then pour
.
A WWI monument in the bus
park in front of the town
.
A tower at the corner of the
town walls.
The sun came our after about
30 minutes
. The streets were
pretty slick.