2 10 Exp TU’SCANY AREA BY AREA Exploring San Gimignano The â€œcity of beautiful towersâ€ is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Tuscany. Its stunning skyline bristles with tall towers dating from the 13th century: 14 of the original 76 have survived. These windowless towers were built to serve both as private fortresses and symbols of their ownersâ€™ wealth. In the Piazza della Cisterna, ringed by a jumble of unspoilt 13thand 14th-century palazzi, is a wellhead built in 1237. Shops, galleries and jewellers line the two main streets, Via San Matteo and Via San Giovanni, which still retain their medieval feel. Fresco in Santâ€™Agostino San Gimignano’s skyline, almost unchanged since the Middle Ages Â© Palazzo Vecchio del Podesta Piazza del Duomo, J (0577) 94 03 40. Closed until further notice. The Palazzo Vecchio del Podesta (the old mayorâ€™s palace) is in a group of public buildings clustered around the central Piazza del Duomo. It has a vaulted loggia and the 51-m (166-ft) Torre della Rognosa, one of the oldest towers in San Gimignano.