In the 11th and 12th centuries, Florence was getting richer and richer. Many families were fighting against one another, so they started to build house towers which could be easily defended, and could provide a means of escape, via passages that lead from one (friendly) tower to another.
There are still a number of these towers to be found in Florence. This is just one of them, easily found and admired. It features a knock-out ceramic Annunciation above one door.
This is where I’ll be staying: Torre Ramaglianti