I first saw San Gimignano on the cover of my DK Italy guide book. It being my first trip abroad I would consult the guide for vague help before arriving somewhere new. When I realized how close it was to Florence I knew I would have to make a day trip. It is a Medieval town with fourteen towers built by competing families. Dante had visited this town as well as the Plague reducing the population in 1348. The town’s roots, on the other hand, can be traced back to 200-300 BC. I found all this out after I had visited the picturesque village that sits upon a Tuscan hill top surrounded by dusty green olive trees and vineyards.