We were allowed to film this ancient tower built in the 12th century which has been transformed into a modern apartment.
With a small footprint and a whopping eight stories, this once-utilitarian structure has been reinvented as a unique living space.
Here’s Maria Walking You Through This CRAZY Apartment!
The tower, which was historically used for storage and defense, now provides a cozy, efficient, and innovative apartment, utilizing every nook and cranny imaginable.
Inside this architectural marvel, the compact kitchen is equipped with all the essentials, while the living room boasts a stunning view of the Tuscan countryside.
An iron staircase seamlessly connects the various levels, which include a small bathroom, dressing area, and bunk bed setup. The top of the tower houses the master bedroom, featuring a wall bed, and another view of the breathtaking scenery from an outdoor terrace.
- The 12th-century tower has been repurposed into a unique, eight-story apartment.
- Innovative design solutions have been implemented to utilize every inch of the compact space.
- The tower boasts breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside from its various levels and outdoor terrace.
The Terrace Is Magic
Upon the terrace, there is a cozy seating area accompanied by a chair, allowing residents and visitors to tak in the breathtaking views of the Tuscan landscape.
The tower offers a fantastic look at the Tuscan landscape and serves as a reminder of San Gimignano’s rich history.
At one point, there were 72 towers in the town – a testament to its past importance and architectural heritage.
Throughout the tower, you see the wonderful combination of centuries-old architecture with modern touches, such as the iron staircase connecting the levels and the exposed copper pipes that can’t be hidden within the historic walls.
Tour to San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy
During a visit to San Gimignano, a small town in Tuscany, Italy, one can explore an ancient tower built in the 12th century. Initially used as a storage and defense tower, it now serves as an eight-story apartment.
The compact tower’s interior is creatively utilized to accommodate essential living spaces, such as a quaint kitchen packed with cooking essentials, storage spaces, and a window that brings in natural light.
Despite its size, the living area features a cozy dining space, with a table that can seat up to six people when needed.
Every level in the tower has its unique purpose.
One level houses a compact yet functional bathroom, where modern installations are exposed but made from high-quality materials. The shower offers a unique experience of standing beside ancient rocks while cleansing oneself.
A mezzanine serves as a versatile hangout zone with a small table and reading space. In contrast, another level is dedicated to a dressing area, featuring a unique mirror with storage for jewelry and other items.
Privacy is not an issue, as the surrounding walls are several meters thick, allowing only minimal daylight to enter.
Iron Staircase and Unique Remake
As you go further up, there are efficient sleeping arrangements featuring bunk-beds tucked under each other while doubling as storage spaces. The master bedroom, with its wall bed designed to save space when not in use, also has a small but intimate toilet built under the stairs for convenience. A tiny terrace near the bed adds a delightful touch to the room.
From the top, the tower boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, though getting up there is no small feat.
Climbing the 182 steps from the ground to the top, while perhaps a good workout, requires remembering to bring everything you need from the lower levels.
Tiny Little Bathroom
There’s a small bathroom that seamlessly integrates modern amenities while maintaining its historic charm. Nestled amongst ancient walls, this compact space manages to fit a sizable vanity with a large mirror. A unique feature is the exposed copper piping, used to showcase the communications of the apartment’s modern installations while respecting the historic structure.
One of the intriguing elements in this bathroom is the shower stall positioned against a backdrop of ancient rocks. These fascinating cracks add a touch of rustic elegance to the space.
The bathroom also features a bidet, an element commonly found in Italian homes.
But what about the toilet? Hidden behind the door, it provides an unexpected element of privacy within the tiny space. As the door is closed for using the toilet, it not only provides privacy from the outside but also reveals the cleverly concealed unit.
The Master Bedroom: A Cozy Retreat
As we make our way up to the master bedroom in this unique 12th-century tower apartment, we find a cozy and comfortable space.
The bed itself is a wall bed that can be folded up to reveal a lovely picture in the back. However, visitors should be aware that the bed is quite heavy, so they might not want to fold it up on a daily basis.
In addition to the remarkable charm and functionality of the master bedroom area, one of the best features of this ancient tower is the unbelievable view from the top.
Climbing the 182 steps to the highest point presents a breathtaking visual of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. But be careful not to forget anything at the bottom – those stairs are quite the workout!