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Piazza della Cisterna

Admire the palaces and towers that frame this beautiful square, which was once a medieval marketplace. Today, it’s a venue for cultural events.

At the heart of San Gimignano’s historic old town is the handsome Piazza della Cisterna. This lively public square has been a popular gathering place since it was laid out in 1200s. Once peppered with taverns and workshops, today it presents a striking collection of mostly 13th-century gateways, towers and palaces. Piazza della Cisterna also hosts annual fairs and festivals.

Enter the square through Arco dei Becci, situated at its southwest corner. This is one of the ancient gateways of the town’s defensive wall. Flanking the gate are two huge towers, Torre dei Becci and Torre dei Cugnanesi. Go to the central well, from which the square takes its name. Engraved in the well’s wall is the coat of arms of Guccio dei Malavolti, who was a chief magistrate during Italy’s medieval era.

The steps of the well are a great place to sit and view the surrounding landmarks. 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.

Look to the north side of the square and spot 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.

Piazza della Cisterna forms part of the core of San Gimignano’s old town and is a short walk from other major attractions. Stroll along Vicolo dell’Oro, a picturesque alley that was once home to the town’s goldsmiths. Walk to nearby Piazza Duomo, the town’s political center during the Middle Ages. Browse displays of frescoes at the Collegiate Church of San Gimignano and San Gimignano Communal Palace.


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Relais Santa Chiara Hotel £108
Relais Santa Chiara Hotel

Relais Santa Chiara Hotel

Via Giacomo Matteotti, 15, San Gimignano, SI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly San Gimignano hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Historical Torture Museum, Rocca of Montestaffoli and Museum San Gimignano 1300. San Gimignano Communal Palace and Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum are also within 15 minutes.

    La Cisterna £80
    La Cisterna

    La Cisterna

    Piazza Della Cisterna 23, San Gimignano, SI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Piazza della Cisterna, Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta and Casa e Torre Campatelli. Torre Grossa and San Gimignano Communal Palace are also within 5 minutes.

      Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel £69
      Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel

      Relais Cappuccina Ristorante Hotel

      Loc La Cappuccina 46/a, San Gimignano, SI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly San Gimignano hotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sant'Agostino Church and Archaeological Museum - Spezieria Santa Fina - Raffaele De Grada Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery. Rocca of Montestaffoli and Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Hotel Leon Bianco £71
        Hotel Leon Bianco

        Hotel Leon Bianco

        Piazza Della Cisterna 13, San Gimignano, SI
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum, Galleria Continua and Torre Rognosa. Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta and Piazza della Cisterna are also within 5 minutes.

          B&B Palazzo Tortoli £104
          B&B Palazzo Tortoli

          B&B Palazzo Tortoli

          Piazza Della Cisterna 22, San Gimignano, Provincia di Siena
             
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            Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this townhouse accommodation is steps away from Piazza della Cisterna, Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum and Galleria Continua. Casa e Torre Campatelli and Torre Rognosa are also within 5 minutes.

            B&B Ridolfi
            B&B Ridolfi

            B&B Ridolfi

            Piazza della cisterna, 30, San Gimignano
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Piazza della Cisterna, Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum and Galleria Continua. Casa e Torre Campatelli and Torre Rognosa are also within 5 minutes.

              Agriturismo Le Rote
              Agriturismo Le Rote

              Agriturismo Le Rote

              Località Ponte alle Ruote, San Gimignano, SI
                 
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                Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this agritourism property is steps away from Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Torre Grossa and Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum. Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna are also within 5 minutes.

                Al Pozzo dei Desideri
                Al Pozzo dei Desideri

                Al Pozzo dei Desideri

                Piazza Della Cisterna 32, San Gimignano, SI
                   
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                  Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this historic townhouse accommodation is steps away from Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum, Galleria Continua and Piazza della Cisterna. Casa e Torre Campatelli and Torre Rognosa are also within 5 minutes.