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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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Altoona, Kansas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
47 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Sitting on the steps of the cistern eating a gelato that we purchased at the world champion gelato shop across the street. One evening a man on the street was playing his flute and sitting on the cistern was just glorious.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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171 reviews 171 reviews
24 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a great area to stop and take some pictures of the beautiful buildings that surround the Piazza. The cisterna is also a great photo opp, but there will likely be others in your picture. A lot of people like to sit or stand on the steps and use their smartphones. While it is a good resting/meeting place, it... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Go and get a few scoops ice cream from the Dondoli ice cream shop, sit down at the cisterna and enjoy.

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Denville, New Jersey
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275 reviews 275 reviews
82 attraction reviews
486 helpful votes 486 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We were only passing by on our way to Florence, but stopped for a few hours to see this town. It is quite unusual with all these structures towering over it. The first signs for a parking lot we saw, were a long walk from the town. We did Not pull in. We drove up much closer, the parking there... More

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walnut creek, ca
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Many shops, cafes, trattoria. Very polar and could imagine it being a bit took crowded dying summer months.

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A great town with some impressive buildings and towers which you can easily lose a day wandering around exploring. Worth a look but a little geared to gimmicky tourism in the shops with a large volume of tours in the afternoons that spoils it a little.

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Dorset, U.K.
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284 reviews 284 reviews
70 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is really the main square with good restaurants around with shade. the Cisterne has history and is the focal point for photographs. The own is well worth walking around for an hour or so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Our group spent several days in San Gimignano and many hours in this plaza. The experience is somewhat akin to a return to the middle ages. Ancient buildings surround the square, and the centuries old cistern is its focal point. Musicians entertain the crowds at night, and the shops provide a wide variety of practical and souvenir goods. We used... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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153 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The best view of this village is from a distance. When you get in you find a huge square with so many shops and restaurants and tons of tourists jostling for space. I found this place lively and large. One can easily spend over an hour here. Parking is in two three spots at a distance at two euros an... More

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Cardiff UK
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157 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

From the minute you walk through the gate, its perfect, no new buildings which spoil many places in Italy, this place is old although very commercialised. The square was packed so many coach loads of tours in at the same time. The walk up to the square is hard going if you have walking difficulties as it is all up... More

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