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Address: Piazza Della Cisterna, San Gimignano, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0577 940008
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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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Breathtaking!

We had spent over a week in the countryside enjoying serenity, vineyards, etc., so coming to this little city was almost overwhelming. It is definitely a bustling place but it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had spent over a week in the countryside enjoying serenity, vineyards, etc., so coming to this little city was almost overwhelming. It is definitely a bustling place but it really is a fabulous site to see you as you are driving towards it. The tall walls, the very old buildings -- it is just amazing. Walking in and out... More 

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Perth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has be borne in mind that adorable San Gimignano is a small town and the piazzas are small and can not be compared to the grand piazzas of Siena or Florence. But it is precisely herein that lies this town's charm. It gives a taste of live during those long gone days.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

This was and will always be the center of the town. In days of old the locals would visit the piazza to draw their water from the cisterns. In this fortress town of very wealthy a constant supply of water was the difference between life and death. Today the piazza is the people watching spot as it is the largest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

We enjoyed a beer and glass of wine in this lovely piazza under an umbrella at a cafe in the hot September sunshine, fabulous!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

This the largest area in San Gimignano where everyone seems to gather. If your group decides to split up to shop, meet here! There is a nice coffee, pastry, and sandwich shop on one corner and the restroom is handy. There are two gelato shops so try each one to find your favorite. We have stayed in the hotel on... More 

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

San Gimignano is one of the small hill villages on many tour routes for good reasons worth visiting in spite of the often crowded streets from packed tour busses. The Piazza della Cisterna is one of two main piazzas having more shops and restaurants on its perimeter than the Piazza del Duomo. It is certainly more busy and subject to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

By all means see this if you are near the top, but this is NOT the best piazza in Italy (although it may have the best gelato--Gelateria Dondoli--do not even consider the one across from it.) There is really nothing of note in this piazza, gelato location excepted. (Did I tell you that I have never tasted better gelato?)

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

Lovely Piazza with cafes , bars , gelateria, shops etc. Good for people watching. We only had a coffee stop here but we're pleasant ly surprised by the prices. Whole area gets very busy at peak times of day but you can loose the crowds by wandering just a street or two away .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Pretty piazza surrounded by historic buildings. It's hard to take pictures avoiding people. There is a market on a Thursday morning so if you would like to see the piazza as you normally see it in the guide book avoid Thursday AM.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Over a thousand years of history. The well (Cisterna) in the Piazza has felt the touch of millions on people past - see the hollows in the surround of the well. The larger towers and Bell Tower can be seen from this square. The tourists flock through this area! Maybe try and see it in the early morning? Thursdays are... More 

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