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Torri Salvucci

The Salvucci towers are twin towers in San Gimignano, located in Piazza delle Erbe alongside Piazza del Duomo. The Salvucci Towers belonged to the most important Guelph family in the city and were built to be impressive: no expense was spared, as the family had become rich from trading and usury. The towers were a way of symbolising the family's supremacy over the city. The Salvucci family were enemies of the Ghibelline Ardinghelli family who had twin towers built to imitate thee Salvucci ones on the opposite side of the square.
The towers were almost fifty-two metres high. However, the village authorities decided to have them lowered and today they are half their original height. They have a square base and, on the ground floor, there are narrow doors, characterised by architraves.

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