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“well worth the trouble of getting there”

San Gimignano Bell Tower
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$170.40*
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Private tour: San Gimignano Guided Waking Tour
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

San Gimignano is all about climbing, but it’s worth it—you start at the parking lot at the bottom of town and walk up through vista after vista of medieval and Renaissance grandeur: the famous towers (the private homes of the early bankers, and mostly still private today: this is one of the 14 that remain of the original 72), the walkable ancient walls that encircle the town, with their views over the glorious Tuscan countryside, wisterias in bloom everywhere, the fortress at the top—more wisteria, more great views—and then the slow stroll down, checking out the shopping (and there’s plenty of it—some of the best leather goods in Italy), stopping maybe for a coffee and dessert or a pizza and a glass of the local wine on one of the squares in the UNESCO-listed historic centre: a glorious outing that’s, even with the inevitable crowds, well worth the trouble of getting there.

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Absolutely fantastic views! The last climb up is a bit of a tight squeeze especially if you are afraid of heights & closed in spaces. But I appreciated all the other steps being open & airy - much different than church towers. I also like that they limit the number of people going up & down the stairs, not crowded at all.

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Take time to enjoy the views not only in the village but also as you look over the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The apartments are amazing and the people are wonderful. You can visit the town for no cost but some of the attractions charge a fee.

1  Thank Cindi C
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

You can buy an all inclusive ticket from the town museum and see some apartments, modern art and visit the bell tower. The lower climb is not too bad with normal stairs (don't look down the stairhole in the middle though!). The last section though is pretty tricky. It is essentially a ladder with the stone roof waiting to crack your head on. When you crawl out of the top, there are further opportunities to bang your head on the cage keeping the huge bell safe! That said the views are magnificent.

Thank shoedocmo
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Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

It's like storybook town...
You can see amaging view!
I suggest to go to the top of the tower.

Thank anak0
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