Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Weekly Photo Challenge – as soon as I saw this week’s photo challenge I immediately thought of a long ago trip to San Gimignano and the views from the towers.  I don’t remember if this is true of all of them but at least one of them is ‘hollow’; in other words there is nothing at its centre such that the iron stairs ascend its inner walls surrounded by a void.  This not only demands a head for heights but a degree of faith in the local civil engineers.  The pictures were taken in early September 2001 from Torre Grossa which stands at 54 metres.  As cinema buffs will know, the continued existence of these towers is entirely due to the bloody-minded grit and determination of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith et al (Tea with Mussolini) ;-):

San GimignanoSan Gimignano


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