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Torre Grossa, San Gimignano

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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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  • Its the only one of the 14 towers in San Gimignano you can visit, it has a museum included in the price (to be honest if it wasn't, I wouldn't have bother with visiting the museum), the stairs are rel...  more »
  • Actually a must when visiting san gimignano, sight of above clarifies the structure of the city and you take some away from the tourist crowds. The museo civico I found personally what less than impressive, albeit in a beautiful medieval building.
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  • For those who will recognize: climb up the highest Tower of San Gimigianno to silence the crazy preacher... ABEC Ezio in Assassin's Creed of course. Except that the asencion is done inside the Tower on the roof of the village with a breathtaking view of San Gimignanno and the Tuscan countryside colourful. A real dream.
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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.

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Where to stay in San Gimignano

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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