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“One of the best attractions in San Gimignano” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Gimignano 1300

San Gimignano 1300
Via Costarella n.3, 53037 San Gimignano, Italy
+39 327 439 5165
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: This is the town of San Gimignano, re-created in miniature, as it appeared in medieval times. It is accompanied by historical dioramas and a fascinaating timeline of the town's history.A new and exciting activity through the streets of the medieval town, solving puzzles, riddles and pitfalls.The protagonists will receive a kit that includes a map of the city as it was in the 1300s, a pen and a 14 page booklet where they will find not only the riddles for the hunt but also detailed explanations on all the towers that still exist today,on the 4 “Contrade” or neighborhoods and the most important families of that period.The treasure hunt is available in Italian, English and French.
Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“One of the best attractions in San Gimignano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

After the Torre Grossa (highest tower in San Gimignano) this is the next "must see" attraction. The model of the city, as it was in around 1300, is absolutely fantastic, and well worth a visit. The model is set on a low table, so children can get a street level, through one of the many city gates. Adults can get a "birds eye" view of the city or the same "street level view if they crouch down. It feels like going back in time. The background music is very atmospheric and the staff were very pleasant and helpful with a very good English. The display is located on the street parallel with the main street and runs beside the Torre Grossa, and about 100m south of the tower. It is free to get in, but having seen all the years of work that went into making the model, you will be embarrassed to leave without making a sizeable donation. One of the creators of the model is also an artisan potter who is on site creating hand made pottery.

Visited August 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Bird's eye view of the medieval town - San Gimignano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Located just one block off the main street running the length of San Gimignano, this huge model of the town in the year 1300 is well worth a detour. Free admission and built at eye level for kids, it gives you another perspective of this historic town. Make it an early stop on your visit to the town to get an idea of the city in it's heyday. Helpful and friendly staff will proudly explain the model, hand built lovingly out of clay with wonderful detail. There's no admission but a small donation is appreciated and helps to keep the model (and small attached museum) open.

Visited August 2014
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Woking, United Kingdom
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“Seek this out - it's really worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stumbled across this exhibition by chance off a back street. It is a large detailed model of how the town may have looked when the towers were built and a model of the inside of a tower. It makes much more sense of what you see outside in the town. If you crouch down to eye level you feel you are walking back in history and it makes a great photo. Even if you only have a short time to visit the town, this exhibition is worth a quick look.

Visited July 2014
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Chester, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“This does exist and is well worth doing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We decided to try and track down this elusive attraction and on our first try, couldn't find it at all. After tourist info assured us it was still around but had moved, we went back to try and find it and our persistence paid off.
The model is very good and worth a look at, but the best bit was the treasure hunt!
Although this was the sort of thing we used to do when our son was little, we paid our 8 euros for a map and booklet and off we went in search of clues!
My husband and I had such fun, it took us all afternoon ( with a few beer stops on the way) but we got to see the whole of San Gim and more than we would have done by just randomly walking around, plus we found out about all sorts of little bits of history that we wouldn't have known otherwise. Some of the clues were a bit lost in translation, but and excellent way to spend an afternoon.

Visited July 2014
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Valletta, Malta
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“Nice city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very nice city and all is near by good restaurants and nice places to visit very friendly people there are also very nice cities around

Visited July 2014
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