Torre Grossa, San Gimignano

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#4 of 16 in Historic Sites in San Gimignano
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. To visit Torre Grossa and other attractions in San Gimignano, use our San Gimignano holiday website .
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  • Worth climbing the Tower: from there you can enjoy a breathtaking view on the city and its surroundings. The only drawback the price a little high, €9, that includes also the picture gallery and two rooms of the Town Hall.
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  • People's Palace next to the Tower of Grossa is currently used as the Town Hall, Museum of fine arts is a part. 13th-15th-century Sienese and Florentine paintings were on display. Medieval paintings were placed in a large number of collections as the Museum of art is not.
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  • The tower looks fantastic. This we wanted to climb. However you also have to pay for the museum. 13 eu per person.
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  • Museo Civico boasts with stunning frescoes of XIII - XIV centuries. There is also small excellent pinacoteca. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
  • Likely the best tower to climb. Be aware of your head when you're at the top! There's a dangerous spot where a couple people hit heir heads while I was there.
  • 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.

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Many private country mansions just minutes from San Gimignano's historical town center offer comfortable rooms at affordable prices, including access to free parking, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Staying outside the busy town center allows you to rest in peace and privacy, just a short drive from all the urban action. Slightly more expensive, self-catering apartments in the city center offer comfortable suites, where you can cook your own meals and reach the best nightclubs on foot.
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