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San Gimignano bell tower, Italy

Famous for its beautiful medieval town walls and gateways, San Gimignano is also known throughout Tuscany for its tall towers. No less than seven of the town's remaining towers stand around the Piazza del Duomo, the tallest being the Torre Grossa, which measures almost 55 metres / 180 feet. The Torre Grossa was built at the very end of the 13th century and although the climb to the top may be tiring for some, the views more than make up for any effort. Another tower of note is the Torre della Rognosa, which is part of the Palazzo del Podesta, a grand building and the first town hall.

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Taken on March 23, 2010