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The view from San Niccolò Tower
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San Niccolò Tower

See a whole new side of Florence

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Piazza Giuseppe Poggi, Florence
Florence’s long history holds surprises even for those who think they have seen and done it all. The San Niccolò Tower in Piazza Poggi has been recently renovated. The gate, which was located separately from the city walls, was built in 1324 as a defense tower for the Oltrarno area of the city.

The tower is one of the most important elements for a rich understanding of the city’s history, given its place among the city walls built in between the 13th and 14th centuries. The new walls, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, were better able to protect the city as they were stronger than the older ones; they also included the new neighborhoods. The new city gates, including San Niccolò, allowed regulated access into the city itself. When Florence became capital of a newly united Italy in the 1870s, Arnolfo di Cambio’s walls were destroyed to make room for residents.
San Niccolò Tower and the Duomo
San Niccolò Tower and the Duomo - Credit: Richard Cassan
It is the only tower in Florence that was never “decapitated”, shortened with respect to its original dimensions, and retains a fascinating walkway that was recently secured so that residents and tourists can access it. Once visitors make it up the 160 steps they are treated to a 360 degree view of Florence with truly one-of-a-kind vistas.

The tower is usually open everyday from the end of June to the end of September with guided visits in English and Italian (max 15 people) every 30 minutes.

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