Palazzo Pubblico e Torre Grossa

Palazzo Pubblico e Torre Grossa

Palazzo Pubblico e Torre Grossa
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,044 contributions
Jan 2020
Beautiful San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The most famous and highest preserved tower is, the Torre Grossa. There are very few destinations in the region that are as awe-inspiring as the Torre Grossa, the highest tower of San Gimignano. It is located in Piazza del Duomo, on Palazzo del Podestà's right side, and has always been the symbol of civic pride. The construction of the Torre Grossa started on August 21, 1300, four months after Dante Alighieri visited the city. Municipal authorities wanted to enrich San Gimignano with a tower that would become the city's symbol. The building fulfilled a military function, as a watchtower, and a civil one as a bell tower. The Palazzo Comunale, the former Town Hall, is also located in Piazza della Duomo. The Palazzo, which was used historically as the residence of the Podestà (the Mayor) and the meeting place of the Public Council, was constructed between 1289 and 1298. Today it serves as the historical seat of the Musei Civici (the Civic Museums founded in 1853) and houses the Pinacoteca or Picture Gallery. Ouer tour of the Palazzo Comunale takes us through the various Council Chambers decorated with beautiful frescoes and artwork of the Florentine School. In the “Sala di Dante“, the ancient Council Hall named in honor of poet Dante Alighieri, It is located Lippo Memmi’s wall-covering 14th century fresco titled Maestà (Majesty).
Written June 8, 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain11,475 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Palazzo Pubblico e Torre Grossa are located in the center of San Gimignano, close to Piazza dei Duomo (Cathedral Square). This wonderful medieval tower is located in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. The museum is located in the highest tower of the city and here you can see some official rooms, paintings and statues. Also in the stairs to go up to the tower, you can see some videos about the history of the town. From the upper part of the tower, you will see wonderful views of this medieval town and grest views of the surrounding landscapes. Charming place!
(See also Historic Centre of San Gimignano and San Gimignano Bell Tower)
Written May 13, 2020
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BethCagnol
Paris, France174 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
We really lucked out because we arrived soon after this museum and tower opened so we were able to get to the top without standing in line. The stairs are easy to climb (they are *real* stairs, not 14th century stairs), but NB: there's a one-way ladder for the last leg of the climb which could be difficult for some. Watch your head! TIP: go early before the masses of tourist buses arrive in town. Otherwise, you'll be stuck in the "ladder dance". Tourists using multiple languages are trying to go up and down the same passage. So, while it's interesting to see how we multi-lingual homosapians behave in such a predicament (tower of Babel anyone?) we suggest you arrive early to avoid the throng of tourists fighting over 5 meters of ladder space.

The view up top is nothing less than spectacular. The bell doesn't ring (thank goodness).

Opening hours:
1 April - 30 September: 9:30am - 7:00pm
1 October - 31 March: 11:00am - 5:30pm
25 December (closed)
1 January: 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Written August 7, 2013
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ArtsyGalBaltimore
Maryland818 contributions
Dec 2022
Our third visit to San Gimignano and this time in December without crowds. Visited the small museum (known for the wedding frescoes) and the tower. It is along climb to the top and my son reported an incredible view awaits the intrepid climber, but one fearful of heights will likely back out as I did. There is a small gift shop.
Written January 3, 2023
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alex
42 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
A fantastic view from the rooftops of San Gimignano to the valley
The museum houses particularly interesting Tuscan painters of the Renaissance
Written February 5, 2015
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Tom G
Woodland Park, CO99 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
My less than 5 star rating is really a matter of how you handle heights rather than the tower. The inside stair case is about 8 stories high, about 3' to 4' wide and clings to the inside surface of the tower's stone wall with a large, empty space in the middle of the tower. Coupled with the stairs being a mesh that you can see through, after 3 stories my wife and I became uncomfortable with the height sensation and returned to the bottom (where we now understood why the person we saw waiting at the bottom as we'd headed up was there). Again, the tower is great, but for some the height sensation on the stairs will be a bit too much for comfort.
Written December 11, 2011
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EuTravelMag
Europe448 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Great view to to rooftops and towers of San Gimignano from Torre Grossa.
A bit expensive, though (9€) if you just come for climb because the ticket is a combo-ticket.
For a free tower experience, climb the smaller - but free! - tower at the La Rocca Fortress ruin. You can find it on Google maps by writing "Turm im Park della Rocca".
Written December 15, 2017
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Christopher T
Eustis, FL274 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
San Gimignano was an amazing town and there's no better way to see it than from Torre Grossa. The climb was easy. The view gives you a great sense of why the towers were built in the first place. The view also gives you Tuscano in miniature: rolling countryside, hilltop towns with competing towers, hidden piazzas down crooked streets. Spent the rest of the afternoon hunting the romantic piazzas we saw from the tower.
Written January 23, 2015
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OceanSoulNZ
Auckland Region, New Zealand69 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
The picturesque hilltop town of San Gimignano is capped by 14 towers, creating a unique medieval skyline above cobbled brick streets below. One of these towers, Torre Grossa, offers some of the best views of the town and the surrounding countryside. Wooded slopes, rolling hills and vine plantations extend in nearly every direction, making this well worth a visit to capture images of the Tuscan heartland.
Written December 23, 2014
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Andreas R
Bergen, Norway15 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
The museum in itself was small, but OK. You will still get your money's worth when you walk up the tower and take in the view of the town and surrounding scenery. Breathtaking and simply beautiful.
Written August 7, 2012
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