2.A.2. The Arco and Torre dei Becci

In medieval times the tower was the higher symbol of power, mainly because the building process was not simple or cheap at all. Materials needed to be dug and transferred to town, and the building site arranged. Only the richest families of merchants and moneylenders could afford the works of construction.

La Torre dei Becci is one of the fourteen surviving towers of San Gimignano. It is located near the ancient Arco dei Becci as seen here.

Becci I were a family of merchants who held important public positions in the heyday of the City of San Gimignano. This is their home. The ground floor consisted of workshops, the second floor were the bedrooms and the higher level of the kitchen.

The entrance, the Arch of Becci leading to the Tower of Becci.

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