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Address: San Gimignano, Italy
Activities: Walking, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: San Gimignano's main square has the town's 13th-century cistern, or well...
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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plenty of history

Standing here you could just feel history. Making a secure town on top of a mountain with many look out tours and the cistern in the middle of the plaza.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Standing here you could just feel history. Making a secure town on top of a mountain with many look out tours and the cistern in the middle of the plaza.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It was a great surprise to end a travel day in this amazing, well preserved medieval city. Piazza della Cisterna is the center of it... recomend to stay for the night and walk through (lesse people, more lights =)

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East Islip, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We sat and had a delicious glass of vernaccia and watched both the locals and the tourists go by. I could truly spend an afternoon doing nothing more. Beautiful town, lovely square. It really takes you back in time.

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Wiltshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

A great place to sit, become one of the locals and enjoy people watching - espcially the hoards of touristy people who have arrived by the bus-load. There are a couple of superb gelato shops here too!. Or enjoy a beer or a coffee! Great to do if you have the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The building surrounding the Piazza are remarkable stone houses many of which have or did in the past have towers. You can see many of the famous towers from the piazza. It is quite a climb to reach the piazza. How on earth does the water reach the cisterna.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This is the place to congregate and become one of the locals, any time of the day or night. Have a gelato, sit back on the stairs and enjoy people watching while listening to some of the local musicians. Take in the medieval architecture and enjoy listening to the Italian conversations!

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Orinda, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

careful here-close to gelato place , ATM and the main church. Great open farmers market, but near the cistern, closed in and an unsavory opportunistic element abounds-watch your wallet. Found the city soooooo charming-but this spot was a little iffy

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Poggibonsi, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Last day of November, cloudy sky, early afternoon, the last Chinese tourists are about leaving. Few people around, the little town is on display for those who appreciate the magic of the medioeval past. Lovely, charming atmosphere walking trough beautuful houses and palaces. One of the best little towns in central Italy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This town is beautiful !! Not yet so touristry unlike any other , easily walkable throughout, And many many scenic panoramic view of the vineyard and greeneries ! Great place to get a glass of wine during sunset . These square is the centre of all once u walk your way up you cant miss it , theres a gelataria... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Wow. The town center is so well preserved by an obviously proud people that call this place home. It was lovely to walk the streets and meet many of the townsfolk. Very little tourists in this hidden gem of ancient days. This was better than walking the streets of Florence. Only wish I had more time to stroll.

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