Piazza della Cisterna

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Piazza della Cisterna
4.5
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San Gimignano's main square has the town's 13th-century cistern, or well, in the center surrounded by some of the town's majestic towers.
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria16,465 contributions
Nice medieval square
Aug 2021
Very beautiful and well preserved medieval square. There are many shops, cafes and restaurants and crowds of people.
Written 21 August 2021
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Ingrid
8 contributions
Open air
Jan 2021
The tourists ought to enjoy places if antiquity to have its own place. Not haggled by vendors selling everything under the sun. This place should change for the better.
Written 15 February 2021
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Jeppe S
Copenhagen, Denmark610 contributions
Nice medieval square
Jul 2019
The whole town of San Gimignano is worth a visit, and when you walk through the historical streets of the old town you naturally pass PIazza del Duomo. Nice square, where you can see some of the many towers of the town - especially Tower Grossa is worth a visit.
Written 24 June 2020
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany762 contributions
Central Place Full of Life
Jun 2019
It is a central square in the middle of the historic centre of San Gimginano. The place is full of life and often crowded with tourists. A lot of souvenier shops, restuarants and bars in beautiful historic buildings are around.
Written 31 May 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,481 contributions
Beautiful historic square
Jan 2020
Once we step inside the city walls in San Gimignano, we feel like we have stepped into another time, a few centuries back. It’s not just buildings that touch the clouds that are the only thing worth seeing in San Gimignano. Although the towers are what sets the city apart from others, many small charming Tuscan places. There are also countless beautiful churches, valuable works of art, palaces, beautiful narrow streets and squares. One of them is Piazza della Cisterna (Cistern Square). In earlier times, the Piazza della Cisterna was the centre of all public performances, tournaments and festivals that were held in the city. It was also the main marketplace of the people. Its design is from the 13th century and it is named after the Cisterna (Water Cistern) that is still present amid the piazza today. Connected to the town’s largest square, Piazza del Duomo through an open passage, this piazza is entirely paved with brick and is surrounded on all sides by houses and towers from the Medieval Era. The beauty and charm of this square is created by the beautiful atmosphere and scenery with l’arco dei Becci (Arc of Becci), which is the gate of the ancient city of San Gimignano. The Torri dei Becci (Tower of Becci) is on the left and the Torri dei Cugnanesi (Tower of Cugnanesi) is on the right side of this arc. Among these is the Palazzo Razzi, characterized by its mullion windows. The adjacent Casa Salvestrini is a former hospital that was converted into a hotel. Dine at the hotel’s café patio or upper floor restaurant, which affords views across Tuscany’s majestic countryside. Overlooking the north side of the square we can see Devil's Tower. Legend states that, after a trip, the tower’s proprietor noticed that its height had increased. He accredited the occurrence to a diabolical intervention and the tower subsequently took on its name. The square, along with Piazza Duomo, is a venue for various fairs which are held as part of festivals in honor of saints, including St. Fina, the city’s patron saint.
Written 29 May 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,279 contributions
Very nice square close to Piazza dei Duomo
Aug 2019 • Family
Piazza della Cisterna (Cistern Square, in English) is one of the some squares located in the old town of San Gimignano, a wonderful medieval town in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. This place has a triangular form and it is surrounded by some medieval buildings, which are very nice. Here there are some restaurants and bars, where you can eat or drink something and enjoy seeing the views. The best views are from the upper part of Torre Grossa (Big Tower), from where you can see perfectly the form of the square. You will see it, when you walk around the old town.
(See also Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Piazza del Duomo)
Written 13 May 2020
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Bonnie H
Danbury, CT22 contributions
Beautiful town, such an amazing history!
Feb 2020 • Friends
The piazza cisterns is a lovely spot to take pictures of the towers and to get gelato. There are covered areas to get out of the sun on hot days. In winter, the town is much less crowded and you can wander around taking photos of the interesting architecture.
Written 16 February 2020
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diana a
Naples, Italy137 contributions
Its nice
Jan 2020 • Couples
San Gimignano is a very historical Tuscan hill town, however is is waay overrated in my opinion. Parking is quite a nightmare and it is a crowded and very touristy place. Compared to other hill towns in the area, its not my favorite, but it's still a place to check out if you are in the area. Get there early, otherwise there will be no parking and you'll either have to walk 2km to get up to the town, or you'll have to wait for the shuttle bus which only arrives every hour and is packed with tourists.
Written 6 January 2020
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Shashank Sisinthy
Bengaluru, India98 contributions
A triangular square!
Oct 2019 • Family
The towns central square, home to many medieval houses and a central well which was once the main source of water. Had a great time looking at all visible towers, arches, windows and doors from another era. Get one of the world's best gelatos here to keep you engaged.
Written 4 December 2019
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amy
Fairfield, CT317 contributions
Fun medieval square
Nov 2019
This town gets a lot of good press and vibe, it’s very crowded compare to some of “sleepy” medieval towns nearby. They all are very similar to me, relatively. Definitely a fun place to visit as there are good crowds, restaurants, and the vibe is good.
Written 12 November 2019
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