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Even when you thought you had seen everything... in Florence there are places that offer new perspectives. Do you know Torre San Niccolò and the other towers in the city?

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Every summer, on June 24, the great tower on the Arno called Torre San Niccolò reopens to the public. It is located in Piazza Poggi, and was erected in 1324 to defend the Oltrarno district. On the 25th of June, the recently restored Torre della Zecca opens for the first time too. And the day after that, June 26, Porta Romana also opens.  
The two towers and the door are part of the last Florentine city wall, built from 1284 at the behest of the Lords of Florence. Its design is linked to the name of Arnolfo di Cambio.

The Torre San Niccolò is the only tower in Florence that has not been “scapitozzata”, or chopped off to lower its original height: it still has a very impressive walkway that has been safely secured so that citizens and tourists may enjoy it. On reaching the summit after about 160 steps, you will enjoy a 360-degree view of Florence with never-before-seen views. For example, right in front of you, you can see the tourists in Piazzale Michelangelo.

The Torre della Zecca is near the Arno river and recalls the place where Florentine coins were minted through the use of a hammer powered by the flow of river water. The visit will help you appreciate the history of the tower, but also to know - between florins, denari and quattrini - the vicissitudes of the town mint, originally located near the Palazzo Vecchio.

The Porta Romana is the southern door of the city wall: you can walk along a remaining stretch of wall until you reach the ceiling above the door.

Finally, something new for 2017, the Baluardo a San Giorgio, built in 1552 as part of the military upgrading of the city. In a panoramic hillside position, it is currently being used by the Compagnia dei Balestieri Fiorentini.


Torre San Niccolò: every day from June 24 to August 31, Hours 5pm-8pm; from September 1 to 30, Hours 4pm-7pm, guided tours every 30’

Baluardo a San Giorgio: four dates: July 8 to August 12, 5pm-8pm; September 9, 4pm-7pm; October 7, 3pm-6pm, guided tours every hour

Torre della Zecca: four dates: July 15 and August 19, 5pm-8pm; September 16, 4pm-7pm; October 14, 3pm-6pm, guided tours every 30'

Porta Romana: four dates: July 22 and August 26, 5pm-8pm; September 23, 4pm-7pm; October 21, 3pm-6pm, guided tours every 30'


Cost € 4. Mandatory booking +39 0552768224. In the case of rain, the service is canceled.



Published: 24/6/2017

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