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Rocca of Montestaffoli

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Rocca of Montestaffoli

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Well-suited for time-limited travelers, this Florence day trip lets you conquer Tuscany's must-see sights in a day. Snap photos in front of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa (skip-the-line admission ticket available as an upgrade); taste wine in the Chianti region; and explore medieval San Gimignano. Plus, you'll travel between each place with ease and relax knowing the entire day is planned out in advance.
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Brun066 wrote a review Dec 2020
Florence, Italy10035 contributions1033 helpful votes
Speaking of the Rocca di Montestaffoli, it's necessary to distinguish between its current appearance and the pre-existing buildings (of them nothing remains) which are much older, probably the first nucleus of the San Gimignano settlement. Observing the topography of the city, it is evident that the site of this "Rocca" is the highest of all those close to the city. It therefore seems natural to imagine what the ancient chronicles tell us: that is, that the first relevant settlement in San Gimignano is documented on this site: that is, a fortress from the early Middle Ages belonging to the bishop of Volterra (who had jurisdiction over the area), and to the "shadow" of which the first nucleus of the future city developed, already in the remote 10th century (this nucleus was extended in a west-east direction, from here to the "Poggio della Torre", rather than north-south as it was in the following centuries of Middle Ages). The current appearance of the Rocca (or rather, of what remains of it) is instead due to the construction by Florence starting from 1351: the date on which the city surrendered to Florence. Today the main advantage of the site is the panorama that can be enjoyed from it (in particular from a corner tower, accessible by a staircase open to the public) towards the city and its towers to the east, towards the well-raised hill covered with woods called "Poggio del Comune", to the west.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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AlbertSalichs wrote a review May 2020
Manresa, Spain8075 contributions867 helpful votes
Rocca of Montestaffoli is the old fortress of San Gimignano, a wonderful medieval town in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. Nowadays only you can see remains, a park and a children park. Pitifully, it is not well-preserved, so it is ok to walk here, but it is much better walk around the town. (See also Historic Centre of San Gimignano)
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Date of experience: August 2019
swetamodi wrote a review Apr 2020
Mumbai, India228 contributions118 helpful votes
a short easy walk past the main square - hilltop is easily accessible. Lesser crowds than the main part of the town. views are great, serene.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jan 2020
United Kingdom4053 contributions7980 helpful votes
Walking to the hilltop was the highlight of our visit to San Gimignano. However don’t expect a huge fortress as it is mostly a crumbling, but picturesque ruin. It's the absolutely stunning views that are worth going for. The path is easily accessible for most people. It is a gentle uphill walk - a steady incline and not too steep. Starting just past the Duomo, there is a clear path the whole way. Halfway up, there is a large viewing point on your left which is a great spot to stop and take photos. The fortress itself is just a shell really but you can walk up on the old tower that still remains and the views from here are a 360 degrees panorama – it’s an absolutely commanding view. There was a big storm brewing the day we were there. Watching the dark clouds rolling in across the distant mountain and over the beautiful green vineyards and lands below was dramatic and stunning. Afterwards we wandered through the small gardens. Meandering paths, olive trees, a musician playing, a central medieval well… it couldn't be prettier. It is also quite peaceful up here as most day-trippers seem to stay close to the main historic centre. Had it been a better day, I can’t think of anything much nicer that taking some food up and having a picnic under the olive trees. NOTE: Entrance through the park and fortress is free.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Sara H wrote a review Nov 2019
Melbourne, Australia680 contributions304 helpful votes
We came to town and I didn’t want to fork over almost 60 euro for our family to climb the tower. We had wandered over to the castle and climbed up the wall to enjoy a beautiful and completely free view of the stunning countryside! Don’t waste your money doing otherwise!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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