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Torre Grossa, San Gimignano

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Steeped in history, Torre Grossa draws visitors with its intricate architecture, important artwork, and impressive views of Tuscany. The 13th-century palace stands on the ruins of an even older building. As the seat of local government for centuries, the building houses civic offices of the town council on the ground floor. Explore the upper levels to find the civic museum and gallery, featuring the former council chamber, and beautiful frescoes painted by the likes of Coppo di Marcovaldo, Lippo Memmi, and Benozzo Gozzoli. Climb to the top of the palace's tower for one of the best views of Tuscany. Put Torre Grossa at the forefront of your travel plans using our San Gimignano itinerary planner.
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  • Besides the history and culture the tower is relatively easy to climb as they have built a metallic staircase which is easy to use, at the top however, and you are warned, be careful of your head. Not...  more »
  • The interior of this historic old building carries the visitor back in time. It is worth a stop, if for no other reason than appreciating the archetecture and the history of the structure. The tower i...  more »
  • Not that my visit there after completing three years of college level Italian plus a degree in Spanish contributed minimally to my pleasure there, but I wouldn't have gone without the knowledge of tho...  more »
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  • Wonderful views from the top of the tower make this a top attraction in San Gimignano. However beware the only tickets available are combined ones with the archaeological museum and another church in the city which at 9€ is a little steep if you just want to visit the tower. We managed to make it to the museum as well and liked the mediaeval apothecary and herb garden but were let down by the lack of any English language descriptions on any of the collections. Call me a cultural imperialist if you must but considering that 90% of the visitors to this place don't speak Italian it would be nice to have bilingual signs.
  • Getting five stars for the views amazing 360 degree panorama of beauty..be prepped to walk up a few flights of stairs..just gorgeous views
  • Is remarkable, beautiful and medieval. But expensive ticket. I did not pay to climb. There are better views from other parts of the city.
  • Coolest tower in town. There's giant trees growing on top! We didn't want to wait in the hour long line-up to get in though.
  • Magnificent view! No elevator.