This is the town of Manarola, one of five sea-side villages of the Cinque Terre on the North Western coast of Italy. The villages are connected by footpath and train, but the trains are recent additions and almost entirely located in underground tunnels. The views from the various footpaths are simply spectacular. This region is very popular and I understand that it is terribly crowded with tourists in July and August. In the first week of June we were pleasantly un-crowded and the weather was hot sunny and generally superb!
Here is a view of the towers of San Gimignano in Tuscany. This town was founded in the 3rd century BC by Etruscans, the original natives of Tuscany. It is named after St. Gimignano who is said to have saved the village from Attila the Hun. The remaining towers date to the 11th and 13th centuries. There were once over 40 of these towers, built by wealthy families for personal defense.