San Gimignano Bell Tower

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San Gimignano Bell Tower
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Samir S
London, UK400 contributions
Great Views
Sep 2020
We bought the combined ticket to access the Bell Tower and Duomo. The view from the top of towers is stunning - hundreds of miles on a clear day of the surrounding Tuscan rolling hills and landscape.
Written 4 October 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,419 contributions
Beautiful medieval architecture
Jan 2020
San Gimignano holds its fame in Tuscany due to its numerous towers that form a skyline that can be seen for miles from the surrounding towns and countryside. Most of the towers are constructed during the Medieval Age and a lot of Gothic and Romanesque architecture can also be found here. The town itself, developed from a small Etruscan village into a prospering commune but it was in the 12th century that the town gained its claim to fame. The history of the origin of the towers is interesting. A dispute started between two economically powerful families living in San Gimignano, namely the Guelphs and Ghibellines. As a result of this rivalry, each family built better and higher towers to show its economical stability and power. Building towers in medieval times cost a lot more than the construction of other buildings and as a lot of labor and material was used, only the economically strong could afford it. Hence, this was one of the only ways available to the two families to make their wealth more prominent. By the end of the Medieval Era, the two families had started a trend and every wealthy family built its own tower, resulting in a total of 72 towers in all. In 1255 a law was passed that no tower could be built higher than the Torre Rognosa, which was located beside the Palazzo Comunale and was the highest tower of that time. The passing of the law finally led to an end to the long rivalry. Although many of the towers were cut down over the years or destroyed during the Second World War, some records state that 14 towers are still standing within the city of San Gimignano. Some of the more significant ones are, Campanile della Collegiata (Bell tower of the Collegiate), Torri dei Salvucci, Torre Chigi, Torri degli Ardinghelli......Among these towers, the oldest one is the Rognosa Tower that stands at a height of 51 meters. However, the highest tower built in San Gimignano, is the Torre Grossa that was built in the 14th century and boasts a height of 54 meters.
Written 28 July 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,075 contributions
The wonderful highest tower in San Gimignano!
Aug 2019 • Family
San Gimignano Bell Tower is the highest tower in this great medieval town, located in Tuscany Region. It is located in the center of the old town, close to Piazza dei Duomo (Cathedral Square). In fact you can see it from the old town or from far of the town on road, because is the highest tower. We visited it in August-2019 with my 3 years old daughter. We go up and see the some expositions about the history of the tower and the town. It is very interesting and also there is some videos to learn a lot. When you arrive at top, you can see wonderful views of the old town and surroundings. Really incredible! Also my daughter enjoyed a lot with go up and down stairs and seeing views, so a very recommendable visit! Top in Tuscany and in Europe!
Written 13 May 2020
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Rich J
21 contributions
Superb views of San Gimignano and Tuscany landscape
Jun 2019
The tower is a highlight of San Gimignano. It gets busy so go early or late and avoid weekends. The stair case has rolling visual display that you either love or find vertigo inducing, as are the perforated steel stairs and ladder at the top! The stunning views are well worth it, so stay a while. Bit of a selfie hot spot!
Written 10 March 2020
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Matt H
Chandler, AZ3 contributions
great view
Oct 2019
these are the best views of the entire area. The stairs and set up in the tower are modern and not to challenging. The last "climb" is ladder style but its a short distance. Many rewards from the view!
Written 17 November 2019
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amy
Fairfield, CT294 contributions
Still functioning!
Nov 2019
From architecture perspective, it just represented one era. I i cant see anything special in this tower, other than appreciation that it was preserved to this day
Written 12 November 2019
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LPLoveToTravel
Ocala, FL1,473 contributions
Tallest surviving tower
Oct 2019
Torre Grossa is the tallest tower in San Gimignano, with 54 m. It is one of the best known of Tuscany's medieval towers. It was built in 1310. Very impressive!
Written 5 November 2019
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DBell
Avon Lake, OH7 contributions
What a view!
Oct 2019
Spectacular view after climbing 200+ stairs. We were there on a georgous day so we could see 360 degrees of the beautful Tuscan countryside. I'm not fond of heights these days so the walk down on the largely see through steps caused a few moments of angst, but it really was not bad, and I would climb the tower again for the spectacular view anytime. The top of the stairs requires some ducking and a few steep steps so if mobility an issue I would take that into account.
Written 18 October 2019
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Antonio Rù
London, UK39 contributions
A stunning view of the Town of Fine Towers
Aug 2019
The view from the bell tower is probably the best in town.
The walk up the steps may possibly be quite harsh but it's worth enough: the view is indeed stunning and marvellous.
Written 25 August 2019
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Asha D
Mumbai, India9 contributions
Beautiful place
Jun 2019 • Friends
I would never forget the beautiful small town. People of this world heritage small town are very warm and welcoming.You feel like you are part of this culture.everyone around is happy and joyful. It's like a dream city. A must visit place in Italy.
Written 25 August 2019
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