Hi Marronaia Friends! Here is a new episode ( and the final one ) about the hidden gems of San Gimignano with Paola’s Florence Tours – Paola Migliorini
Thanks to the municipality of Comune di San Gimignano for letting us climb the famous Torre Grossa!
The construction of the Torre Grossa started on August 21, 1300, four months after Dante Alighieri visited the city. Municipal authorities wanted to enrich San Gimignano with a tower that would become the city’s symbol.
The building fulfilled a military function, like a watchtower, and a civil one as a bell tower. The tower’s walls are two meters thick and carved in regular bricks. After climbing the tower’s 218 steps, visitors will have panoramic views of the city.
Admire the city landscape with roofs, squares, alleys, and palaces. Also seen in the distance: the woods of Poggio del comune, the white peaks of Alpi Apuane, the delicate colors of Chianti vineyards, and the gentle hills of Casentino and Pratomagno.