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Photo: Beautiful San Gimignano Skyline Siena Tuscany Italy

The beautiful skyline of San Gimignano in the province of Siena is dominated by fourteen towers which date back to the middle ages (11th - 13th century) - a time of great prosperity for the town which is nestled in the scenic region of Tuscany, Italy.

The towers of San Gimignano are what make this town so unique to visit. They are one of the only places in the Tuscany region of Italy that have towers like this still standing.

The towers (at one time there were as many as 72 standing) which dominate the skyline of San Gimignano were built to help defend the town against attacks. They were perfect points for lookouts to see if any enemy were coming, they provided shelter, and if the enemy got too close the defenders could pour boiling oil down on their heads. They were also used by families as a status symbol, and were a means of competition to see who could build the grandest and tallest tower.

Visitors today can still climb the tallest tower in San Gimignano, the Torre Grossa. From the top of this structure, you can get an unobstructed view of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, with its rolling hills and grand vineyards. ... continue below the picture...


Beautiful San Gimignano Skyline Siena Tuscany Italy

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Beautiful San Gimignano Skyline Siena Tuscany Italy
Photo of the San Gimignano towers at dusk in the Siena Province, in the Tuscany Region of Italy.

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As an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town of San Gimignano and it's famous towers are protected for years to come.

Skyline of the Town of San Gimingnano at dusk, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Province of Siena, Region of Tuscany, Italy, Europe.

Technical Information:
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 8/1 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 200mm.

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Beautiful San Gimignano Skyline Siena Tuscany Italy
The beautiful skyline of San Gimignano in the province of Siena is dominated by fourteen towers which date back to the middle ages (11th - 13th century) - a time of great prosperity for the town which is nestled in the scenic region of Tuscany, Italy.
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Rolf Hicker
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