For me a highlight was Torre e Casa Campatelli. From the outside it is very unassuming but I would recommend that anyone who visits San Gimignano go through this property first. According to the brochure I picked up, "Located in San Gimignano, Casa Campatelli is an 18th-century building that features one of the town's famous medieval towers.
|As was the case in most European cities and towns, the black plague wiped out a significant percentage of this town's population|
It is interesting to compare San Gimignano and Siena. While both cater to tourists, San G. has not been so overtaken by tourists, except by those who line up for what is advertised to be the best gelato in the world! I found it to be a delightful town and thank everyone who insisted we visit!
Here are a few more photos.
|We came across a privately funded model of the town showing all the towers which were built by families who wanted to show off....nothing more!|
|Views of the countryside outside the walls.|
|Lest you thought it didn't matter whether you went to heaven or hell, this church fresco let you know what you might expect....in hell.|
|One of the best ways to navigate the narrow streets is in these Piaggio pick-up trucks|