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Piazza della Cisterna

San Gimignano, Italy
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Walking, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: San Gimignano's main square has the town's 13th-century cistern, or well, in the center surrounded by some of the town's majestic towers.
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164 reviews 164 reviews
83 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We had a great time here. The views from the top were gorgeous. We got a gelato in the Piazza and shopped for local olive oil and saffron. If you've never been to a medieval town before, you should know you park at the bottom and walk up. It was moderately steep. They had golf carts go by occasionally, but... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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213 reviews 213 reviews
170 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I have had the opportunity to visit some medieval hamlets throughout the years, but none surprised me so much as San Gimignano. The city is so stunningly beautiful and has a touch of its own, and Piazza della Cisterna is one of the reasons for it. Maybe the shape of it or just the feeling you get while walking will... More

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Florence, Italy
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I been San Gimignano in 2013 and is the most beautiful medieval town I never been...Make a step back in Time. Andrea

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Novi Sad, Serbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Magnificent old medieval town upon the hill. Authentic romanesque architecture of the whole place is very well preserved till these days, especially the center. The very core of the town is triangular shaped square called Piazza della Cisterna (there is underground cistern built in 13th century). Unfortunately we were passing through at night (coming from Siena) so we couldn't enjoy... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The three piazzas are amongst the best preserved medieval piazzas we know. Probably the nicest is Piazza del Duomo with its impressive towers and the most important buildings. The medieval art in the Duomo is impressive.

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Vicenza, Italy
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154 reviews 154 reviews
43 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This is the "Heart" of San Gimignano...tourists start arriving to take pictures of the medieval well early in the morning (as seen from my window overlooking the well in the Leon Bianco Hotel on the piazza.) It is fascinating to think of the many generations who have used this well (note the grooves on the edges, formed from years of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

San Gimingnano is an untouched medieval town. The piazza della Cisterna is the main piazza. My husband explored its narrow alleys and ended up in a church with a school next to it. Walking around San Gimingnano is like walking back in time. We felt like we were back in medieval times. It is a quiet little town without the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

San Gimignano is very much worth the trip if you are staying in Florence. The city's many towers make it one of the prettiest and the countryside views are breathtaking. There are numerous shops and enoteca wine stores with valid selections of wine and spirits (although perhaps a bit pricey). The city is not easily accessible for people with wheelchairs... More

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Canberra, Australia
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95 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

The Piazza is in the centre of San Gimignano and it is a lively square, full of people and wonderful atmosphere. A good place to explore some of the delights of the town, or simply relax in a local cafe or bar. A favourite place for watching the world go by, or simply people watching. From the Piazza, it is... More

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Miami, Florida
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The Piazza dell Cisterna is in the very center of San Gimignano and is sorrounded by all the old buildings that make this Piazza so great,made in the 1300s still has it's charm but is impossible taking a photo of this well without crowds sitting around it,also in the Piazza are two famous gelaterias who compete among them and have... More

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