Located along the Via Francigena, San Gimignano developed between the 12th and 13th centuries, under the pressure of the local noble families. Rivaling each other, the families erected tower houses as a symbol of their power and ostentation of wealth. Of the over 70 original towers, 14 remain today, but they are amply sufficient to draw the unique skyline of this village, one of the most beautiful in Italy. An unmovable stop on any tour of the Tuscan countryside, San Gimignano can be visited in a few hours, but it contains many treasures. Among the best places to see in San Gimignano are the city walls, Piazza del Duomo, the Collegiata church, the Church of Sant’Agostino and the Rocca di Montestaffoli. There are many local products worthy of note, including saffron and Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a very fragrant and versatile white wine. The best recipes of the area are those of the main courses of meat: pork, rabbit and lamb.