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“A breathtaking experience in every sense of the word but a must”

San Gimignano Bell Tower
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$174.33*
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Private tour: San Gimignano Guided Waking Tour
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I have been there some time ago, I have to admit, but I had an unforgettable sensation as after one arrives on top, nearly breathless, one has a breath-taking view onto the roofs of those old old houses of beautiful San Gimignano and out to the landscape. Do not miss to see the museum too (paintings, frescoes). It is a must to be up on the 600 years old Bell Tower, and it is definitely the appropriate practice if you are going to make it and climb on la Torre il Mangia, the tower at the Palazzo Comunale, in Siena, erected ca. 1340 A.C. Don't bring high-heels of course. And after you made it, have a hot chocolate or some Campari or wine at the bar Le torri opposite the Duomo.

1  Thank Jurgen H
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

There was a funeral underway at the cathedral, so we couldn't go inside. Instead, we noticed that for 4 euro we could climb the bell tower, so we elected for that. Boy, are we glad we did. After climbing a seemingly endless number of stairs (most of which are metal grates that you can see through....all the way down), we were rewarded with a stunning 360-degree view of the tiled roofs of San Gimignano town and the surrounding Tuscany countryside. Best of all....we didn't see another person until we were walking back down the stairs.

3  Thank Tad L
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Just a small warning, since this site is obviously beloved. Those who are scared of heights may have problems here. Normally I can climb bell towers, and have done many (Orvieto most recently). However, here the stairs are open so you can see down. They are quite large so its not a narrow hallway but a very large area, and you can see down (worthy of repeating). When you get to the top, there is a very narrow ladder, and what seems like a climb through a small door. Many folks were sending their small children up this, and I actually feared for them. If you have no fear of heights, no problem. Obviously it's well rated site. However if you are tentative--there is no warning before paying the Euros, so I wanted to alert folks to this situation. While we climb a lot of bell towers, this one was impossible for three of the four in our family. I watched two others turn back. Just a different perspective. However, even with not making it to the top, it was a great view.

2  Thank aventine
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Well worth the climb to the top, the views are stupendous. Go early in the morning to avoid the coach loads of tourists who swarm the town.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

You'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the piazzas and towers of San Gimignano, and see Tuscany landscape for miles.
The final ascent is a steep ladder that requires the ability to duck under a low metal bar at the top, so flexibility and courage are useful.

1  Thank Jeff H
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