Medieval Architecture Woes Spark Calls to Preserve Italy’s Treasured Past


San Gimignano, known as the "medieval Manhattan," attracts millions of tourists but needs millions in upkeep funds.

The following article, written by John Phillips, appears on The Telegraph.

The mayor of the medieval Tuscan hill town of San Gimignano says the Unesco world heritage site is being neglected by Italy’s central government after a 65-foot stretch of its surrounding 13th century walls collapsed without warning following heavy rainfall.

San Gimignano, described sometimes as a “medieval Manhattan” with its cluster of 13 soaring towers built by the rival Guelph and Ghibelline dynasties, is a popular stop for British tourists in easy reach of Siena.

As many as three million tourists from around the world visit each year.

Giacomo Bassi, the mayor, is furious that central government, because of cuts on local councils, will not allow him to spend some of the millions of reserves in the municipal bank account for upkeep of its monuments. Continue reading at The Telegraph. 

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