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February 3rd 2016
Published: February 3rd 2016
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Spent the day walking around the beautiful ancient 'city of towers' San Gimignano. The highest tower was owned by the mayor (one year terms), it being ordained that no other citizen could build any tower higher than the mayor's. In this city of competition, one of the families decided that they would then build twin towers both of which would be just slightly lower than the mayoral tower: two showing they were definitely wealthy enough to build a higher tower had they been given permission.

There have been many stories of rivalry culminating in a beheading, family eviction, tower slicing and vindictive retribution. We will share today's photos with you: no meals bought (sorry lee) but a few little mementos purchased.

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Courtyard from our roomCourtyard from our room
Courtyard from our room

All these old palazzos or 'big houses' had interior courtyards
Our roomOur room
Our room

Seems it was a produce space at the back of the shop which fronts the walkway
Fresco in mayors courtyardFresco in mayors courtyard
Fresco in mayors courtyard

Sadly much of the murals are faded or ruined by German bombing
Courtyard of museum civicoCourtyard of museum civico
Courtyard of museum civico

We were not allowed to take photos of the photo galleries inside the museums
saint Michael saint Michael
saint Michael

There you go!
View from mayoral towerView from mayoral tower
View from mayoral tower

Note the other 'lower' and truncated twin towers
S. G. And districtS. G. And district
S. G. And district

No wonder they all wanted to build tall towers
The fort The fort
The fort

Far corner of the city surrounded by second wall which was built to encircle the expanded city
Symbolic ornaments?? Symbolic ornaments??
Symbolic ornaments??

Must have some function - the dragon with the tower Tis in its claws seems to symbolise the slicing if the tops owned by the 'warring' families
Ancient doorwayAncient doorway
Ancient doorway

Into polizia yard
Ancient bathsAncient baths
Ancient baths

Washing and bathing were conducted in separate sections of the baths (upstream for bathing, downstream for washing clothes)

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