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Torre e Casa Campatelli
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US$8.29*
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Casa Campatelli and its Medieval Tower Entry...
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Located in San Gimignano, Campatelli is an 18th-century building that features one of the town’s famous medieval towers. The residence of a high-ranking family in the 19th and 20th centuries, Casa Campatelli reconstructs - through its fornitures, decor, paintings and private mementos - the ambience and history of a traditional Tuscan family and society of a bygone age, set against the background of 1000 years of history, recounted with sophisticated digital technology that encapsulates the origin of the legend of San Gimignano, givin visitors a deeper insight unto the town.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started our visit with a wonderful and informative sound and light show telling the history of San Gimignano as well as the family who owned the house. The house was donated to FAI ( equivalent to National Trust) by Lydia Campatelli and it was her family home. It is a very beautiful house full of wonder printings ( some by her uncle) and especially poignant are the family photographs, what elegant lives they led. The balcony from the bedroom has lovely views over the Tuscan countryside.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lady in the tourist office told us about this house and we were so pleased she did otherwise we would have walked passed it / missed it. As other reviewers have said it is definitely worth a visit. The house is full of interesting family photos and the audio visual is first class. It explained the history of San Gimignano, the house and the family who owned the house concisely, informatively and interestingly. It explained a lot of things we had seen and would go on to see. The terrace is definitely a place to sit and enjoy the view, we could have stayed longer, imaging sitting their with a glass of wine.

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

This is a superb and under-visited attraction: it feels as if the family has just popped out for a minute. The video presentation is particularly good. If you want to know about the history of San Gimignano this is definitely one of the places to see.

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

I passed by this place by chance without knowing anything about it. (My guidebook does not mention this place at all). I thought it was a souvenir shop/information point at first when I went into the lobby. Luckily I asked the staff what the place was about and saw that it is under FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Italian National Trust for the preservation of heritage places).
What a discovery! The house and tower were bequeathed by the last member of the Campatelli family to FAI which has carefully preserved it for the enjoyment of the public. There are detailed explanations of the house, the rooms and the family in several languages. Through the information, you learn a lot not only about the family, but also the local history. The whole house with its rich collection of furniture, photos, books, paintings is so well preserved that it is as if the family had left it not long ago, and it is still very much 'alive'. On the 2nd floor, there is a good video telling the history of San Gimignano, the Campatelli family and how FAI was bequeathed the house. FAI has done a great job. I like this place very much and did not want to rush through. It was time well spent on reading up the information and watching the video. I wouldn't want to miss it for anything else. It was indeed a highlight of my visit to San Gimignano this time. I would also like to thank the very friendly staff there.
Don't miss it. (The entrance fee is 7 Euros.)

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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

The house was very interesting with furnished rooms with informative written information in English. The video provided an excellent overview of the history of the town.

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