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Piazza della Cisterna

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Piazza della Cisterna

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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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Jeppe S wrote a review Jun 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark604 contributions142 helpful votes
The whole town of San Gimignano is worth a visit, and when you walk through the historical streets of the old town you naturally pass PIazza del Duomo. Nice square, where you can see some of the many towers of the town - especially Tower Grossa is worth a visit.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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romanshorner wrote a review May 2020
Munich, Germany585 contributions104 helpful votes
It is a central square in the middle of the historic centre of San Gimginano. The place is full of life and often crowded with tourists. A lot of souvenier shops, restuarants and bars in beautiful historic buildings are around.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review May 2020
Pula, Croatia4,211 contributions33,068 helpful votes
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Once we step inside the city walls in San Gimignano, we feel like we have stepped into another time, a few centuries back. It’s not just buildings that touch the clouds that are the only thing worth seeing in San Gimignano. Although the towers are what sets the city apart from others, many small charming Tuscan places. There are also countless beautiful churches, valuable works of art, palaces, beautiful narrow streets and squares. One of them is Piazza della Cisterna (Cistern Square). In earlier times, the Piazza della Cisterna was the centre of all public performances, tournaments and festivals that were held in the city. It was also the main marketplace of the people. Its design is from the 13th century and it is named after the Cisterna (Water Cistern) that is still present amid the piazza today. Connected to the town’s largest square, Piazza del Duomo through an open passage, this piazza is entirely paved with brick and is surrounded on all sides by houses and towers from the Medieval Era. The beauty and charm of this square is created by the beautiful atmosphere and scenery with l’arco dei Becci (Arc of Becci), which is the gate of the ancient city of San Gimignano. The Torri dei Becci (Tower of Becci) is on the left and the Torri dei Cugnanesi (Tower of Cugnanesi) is on the right side of this arc. Among these is the Palazzo Razzi, characterized by its mullion windows. The adjacent Casa Salvestrini is a former hospital that was converted into a hotel. Dine at the hotel’s café patio or upper floor restaurant, which affords views across Tuscany’s majestic countryside. Overlooking the north side of the square we can see Devil's Tower. Legend states that, after a trip, the tower’s proprietor noticed that its height had increased. He accredited the occurrence to a diabolical intervention and the tower subsequently took on its name. The square, along with Piazza Duomo, is a venue for various fairs which are held as part of festivals in honor of saints, including St. Fina, the city’s patron saint.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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AlbertSalichs wrote a review May 2020
Manresa, Spain6,528 contributions616 helpful votes
Piazza della Cisterna (Cistern Square, in English) is one of the some squares located in the old town of San Gimignano, a wonderful medieval town in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. This place has a triangular form and it is surrounded by some medieval buildings, which are very nice. Here there are some restaurants and bars, where you can eat or drink something and enjoy seeing the views. The best views are from the upper part of Torre Grossa (Big Tower), from where you can see perfectly the form of the square. You will see it, when you walk around the old town. (See also Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Piazza del Duomo)
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Bonnie H wrote a review Feb 2020
Danbury, Connecticut22 contributions9 helpful votes
The piazza cisterns is a lovely spot to take pictures of the towers and to get gelato. There are covered areas to get out of the sun on hot days. In winter, the town is much less crowded and you can wander around taking photos of the interesting architecture.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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