A medieval European town
Incredible Medieval Towns To Add To Your European Bucket List
Recognizable for its 13 remaining looming towers, this Tuscan town is full of history. There are also cobblestone streets, colossal churches, and stone squares.
San Gimignano, Italy
The government didn't consider the town for urban renewal, so it has retained its original charm. Visit shops and restaurants, and sample Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a white wine.
The middle of this 13th-century city, called Tallinn Old Town, resembles what it looked like more than 800 years ago. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tallinn, Estonia
Visit St. Mary's Cathedral, Tallinn Town Hall, and Toompea Castle. You'll see landmarks just by walking through Tallinn, and on the ramparts, there are museums and art galleries.
This medieval city has become a popular destination thanks to the series "Game of Thrones." It is full of buildings with terracotta roofs and centuries-old homes.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
The history of Dubrovnik dates back to the seventh century and is full of historic architecture. Walk the 80-foot-high stone walls and visit the 15th-century Rector's Palace.
This city dates back to 667 B.C. and is one of the largest in Europe and Asia since it sits on both continents. It was once known as Byzantium and Constantinople.
Istanbul, Turkey
Visit the Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Blue Mosque, and check out the Grand Bazaar, home to over 3,000 vendors, and the Spice Bazaar, which hosts an array of Turkish snacks.
Edinburgh has a 12th-century castle and Gothic museums to explore. The castle houses priceless historic artifacts, while the museum boasts over 20,000 items.
Edinburgh, Scotland
Climb Arthur's Seat, a volcano that offers great vantage points, or Calton Hill for a panoramic view. Visit the darker sides of the city or sip some Scotch as you rest.