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Palazzo Pubblico e Torre Grossa

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Palazzo Pubblico e Torre Grossa

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Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti with Lunch and Wine Tasting
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Well-suited for time-limited travelers, this Florence day trip lets you conquer Tuscany's must-see sights in a day. Snap photos in front of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa (skip-the-line admission ticket available as an upgrade); taste wine in the Chianti region; and explore medieval San Gimignano. Plus, you'll travel between each place with ease and relax knowing the entire day is planned out in advance.
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Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review Jun 2020
Pula, Croatia4,211 contributions33,052 helpful votes
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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).
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Date of experience: January 2020
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AlbertSalichs wrote a review May 2020
Manresa, Spain6,510 contributions616 helpful votes
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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)
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Vacationmo wrote a review Oct 2019
Calgary, Canada65 contributions10 helpful votes
Get a fantastic overview of San Gimignano and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Other parts of the old city hall were also interesting.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Cousy14 wrote a review Sep 2019
Boston, Massachusetts127 contributions31 helpful votes
Incredible views from the top of the Torre Grossa. The museum that comes with admission is ok, but the trip to the top is well worth it! You can see for miles and miles. We could see a storm three towns over. It was stunning!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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RFox1 wrote a review Aug 2019
Cheshire, United Kingdom136 contributions65 helpful votes
Stunning views at the top of the tower- worth the climb! The entry free was reasonable... If in San Gimignano, this is a must do! We were staying in Volterra and did San Gimignano as a day trip, so didn’t have time to tick off all of the sights here, however I am glad we did this! Definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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