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Video: View from Torre Grossa, San Gimignano

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 17, 2013


 
I didn’t have the time to take a photographic panorama of the view from the top of the tower, so you’ll have to make do with a video instead.

So that’s it! This is the last posting for our Italian vacation. It only took eight months to get them on-line. 🙂

I’ve created a Photography page and will gradually move my photography-related blog postings there. In the meantime, the Italy section is up to date. Eventually I plan to add the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv postings.

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Torre Grossa, San Gimignano

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 17, 2013

San Gimignano

The Torre Grossa is the tallest surviving tower of San Gimignano. There is no elevator, so you have to climb all 54 meters on foot. The inside of the tower has been reinforced with a steel staircase winding around the interior.

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

The view at the top makes it all worth while….

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

I noticed a sculpture of a naked man on top of a nearby tower.

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

The Piazza della Cisterna has a beautiful old well. The first photo (above) was taken through the arch of the well.

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

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Palazzo Comunale, San Gimignano

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 14, 2013

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

The Palazzo Comunale (“Municipal Palace”) is the town hall of San Gimignano and has been so since 1300. Photography is not permitted, so these photos were taken very quickly.

The photo above, in the “Dante Room” (Dante visited San Gimignano in 1300 as ambassador from the republic of Florence) is decorated with a painting by Lippo Memmi, the “Maesta” (“majesty,” a depiction of the Mary and Jesus enthroned, surrounded by the heavenly court and angels).

The Podestà apartments (Camera del Podestà) are decorated with frescoes by Memmo di Filippuccio, depicting married life.

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

I photographed the masonry under the stairs leading up to the Torre Grossa.

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

The entrance of the palazzo:

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

Looking down into the courtyard.

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

The courtyard frescoes depict the coats of arms of families who have held public office. The Palazzo is still a seat of government, but the current offices are on the same level as this courtyard. I wish I could have spent more time photographing this beautiful courtyard but we were in a rush.

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

San Gimignano, Torre Grossa

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