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Leaning Tower of Pisa

What you need to know about Pisa before visiting it

Pisa is a wonderful city, a tourist dream of many around the world who can't wait to take the picture "supporting" the famous leaning tower - well, today we're going to see what this city has to offer the most attentive tourists and why not maybe it will make you want to buy a villa in Tuscany with a swimming pool.
Among the houses in Tuscany, Pisa has to offer some of the best for those who can appreciate a city that breathes culture. Let's start talking about what to visit to enjoy the city, but what the Pisans like that tourists don't know about?

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Monteriggioni Castle
Monteriggioni represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory. It has incredibly preserved an intact structure as if time had never passed on the hill from which it elegantly dominates the surrounding landscape.
It is nestled in the province of Siena, between this beautiful city and Colle Val d’Elsa. Its perfect circular perimeter makes one suppose it to be an artficial construction while in actuality it was created by just following the curves in the natural ground.
The castle was built by the Sienese between 1213 and 1219 for defensive purposes: its strategic location atop a hill overlooking the Cassia Road allowed the castle to control the cities of the Val d’Elsa and Staggia and be on the lookout for any armies approaching Siena.

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Panorama of San Gimignano
The city of San Gimignano is a precious jewel in Tuscany. It is a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city and the surrounding valley.

At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power: the higher the tower, the higher the prestige of the family. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, San Gimignano offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products including saffron and its white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Walking uphill you will arrive to its two main squares (Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna) and it is possible to do some great shopping along its main street.

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