San Gimignano launches crowdfunding to repair walls

FLORENCE, ITALY – The town council of San Gimignano on Tuesday launched a crowdfunding scheme to pay to repair part of its walls which collapsed last week.

The scheme has been set up after the Tuscany regional government said it was prevented by stability pact rules from funding the repair at the Town of Fine Towers, a UNESCO world heritage site.

San Gimignano  is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls, form an unforgettable skyline.

Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches.

The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant’ Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.

The town also is known for saffron, the Golden Ham, and its white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.

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