Torre Grossa (o Torre del palazzo del Podesta)

Torre Grossa (o Torre del palazzo del Podesta)

Torre Grossa (o Torre del palazzo del Podesta)
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Along with the Clock Tower, the Podesta's Palace Towers are the most impressive as they look out over the Piazza Duomo.
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Tom_Blancmange
Malmesbury, UK827 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
The best view in San Gimignano - definitely worth a visit if you are in the town. The side rooms with religious art are interesting too. Quite a climb mind you with a steep ladder at the top, but well worth it for the amazing views of the town and surrounding countryside. Buy the combined town ticket to view the amazing cathedral and other attractions also. (Note that there are two entries on Trip Advisor for this attraction - the Bell Tower seems to be the same thing).
Written September 3, 2022
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201pilot
Terre Haute, IN342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Torre Grossa in San Gimignano I definitely worth the easy climb. Entry fee is inexpensive and lines are essentially non-existent. The stunning views of the Tuscan countryside are worth it.
Written October 18, 2022
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StrayKiwi
Hebden Bridge, UK138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Exit the Information Centre in the Piazza Duomo and turn left where there are steps up one of the remaining towers of San Gimignano. I paid 5 Euro and was there right on opening time thanks to the advice of other Trip Advisors. The steps up aren't too difficult. Make the effort and do it early when the light is great for photography and there are fewer crowds. The views are varied and to die for. You can look down into the alleys and over rooftops and the tops of other smaller towers or you can look out to the beautiful countryside over rolling hills of olive groves, vineyards and great Tuscan countryside.
Written October 23, 2009
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LAM
Dalgety Bay, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The entrance to Torre Grossa is situated at the top of the steps on the left hand side of Piazza del Duomo. It opens at 0930. Make it a priority to go early and enjoy the serenity and breath taking views before the bus parties start arriving after 1000.
Written September 18, 2007
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21bernardl
New Providence, NJ79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
The Palazzo Comunale in San Gimignano is a must-see to visitors to the area. The Medieval buildings and the fantastic early Renaissance art are simply jewels of creation. The Council Chamber has a stunning Maestà by Lippo Memmi and is associated with Dante - all amazing. Upstairs, the Podestà apartments offer unusual frescoes rarely seen of domestic life in the late Middle Ages. My wife and I loved our time there and we loved this city. I would go back to San Gimignano any time.
Written September 13, 2019
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Skye Coote
Melbourne, Victoria238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
If you are a person who likes a view, then this is the tower for you!
Be warned, there are a lot of steps (no lifts/elevators), but the view from the top is worth it, offering 360 degree panoramas over the town and squares and the stunning Tuscan countryside.

Just below the open top level is an inside deck with windows which give almost better views as the thick walls at the top aren’t in the way of the photo.

Cheap activity too at €9 pp including museum entry, or €13 with the duomo.
Written May 27, 2019
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ericebe
Neenah, WI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Everyone elses reviews are accurate. Not too bad a climb, really, modern metal stairs full on until the last ladder. Thats kinda tight, but then I am 6 ft 4 and 260 lbs . I would mention that the ladder has people standing below you and the metal stairs are grated. In summary: dont wear skirts!
Written October 13, 2018
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RoganJ
Huddersfield, UK826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
The Torre Grossa is probably the tallest tower you can climb in San G. It's in a central position by the main squares and cathedral so easy enough to find.

Some useful things to know are:

- views from top are splendid and panoramic; the medieval city and rolling hills all around look great

- it all feels safe and well managed, no danger of accidental falls from the top!

- it's about 200 steps of climbing, mostly around a metal staircase that's wide enough for people to pass going up and down

- there's just one short steep stretch of around 10-15 steps to get to the top that's narrow. A bit like a lighthouse ladder staircase. Fine so long as you aren't infirm or very overweight, and prob OK for kids of about age 6 and upwards.

- It's well managed with a staff member making sure one one group goes down the top stairs before another goes up. That also means it's not too crowded on the top so to get space to enjoy the views.

- cost is 9euro for adults, 7e for children

- price includes access to the tower and a handful of rooms below it with paintings and frescoes (nothing too special) plus the archeological museum and modern art museum across town (we didn't visit those)

- you can also buy a bundle ticket that includes cathedral for 13e

- no loo or cafe but a small gift shop
Written August 21, 2018
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mcfrommelbourne
Newtown, Australia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
I walked up a few towers in Italy, in Florence, Sienna, and Lucca. Torre Grossa in San Gimi was definitely the best one. The town is beautiful and surrounded by the most amazing countryside. If you do one tower in Tuscany, do this one. It gives you the most transformed perspective of the town.
Written August 7, 2018
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Fernando B
Berkeley, CA214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Climbed the torre. It is worth the climb. I would not recommend it, if you are afraid of heights or have certain walking impairment. The final ladder is very narrow and you have to be aware of your head.
Written September 5, 2016
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