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Artistic Itineraries in San Gimignano

The Duomo or Collegiate Church, was consecrated in 1148 and is adorned with valuable Sienese School frescoes: "The Old and the New Testament" (Bartolo di Fredi and the "Bottega dei Memmi" or Barna da Siena); "The Last Judgement" (Taddeo di Bartolo) works of art by the Florentine school: "Stories of St. Fina" (Ghirlandaio), "St. Sebastiano" (Benozzo Gozzoli), wooden statues (Jacopo della Quercia) and the Sculptures (Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano). Frescoes, statues and sculptures make the Collegiate Church of San Gimignano a very prestigious museum.

The People's Palace: The People’s Palace courtyard and Dante’s Hall with "The Maestà" by Lippo Memmi. The Civic Museum and the Picture Gallery with works by Filippino Lippi, Pinturicchio, Benozzo Gozzoli, Domenico di Michelino, Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Sebastiano Mainardi, Lorenzo di Niccolò di Martino, Coppo di Marcovaldo etc... .
Entering from the Civic Museum the 54 metre high "Great Tower" or Podesta’s tower built in 1311 can be visited.

The Museum of Sacred Art: Canvases, tablets, works in stone which come from former churches and monasteries, sacred silverware, vestements and psalm books.

The Archeological Museum, features Etruscan, Roman and Medieval findings from the city and the surrounding area. The Spezieria dello Spedale di Santa Fina ,reveals the techniques of the antique pharmacy, featuring ceramic and glass containers and medications.The Raffaele De Grada  Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, is an important exhibition space for the city.

The Church of St. Agostino: Stories of St. Agostino (Benozzo Gozzoli), remains of frescoes dating from the 14th century, tablets and canvases by different artists (Benozzo Gozzoli, Piero del Pollaiolo, Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Vincenzo Tamagni and Sebastiano Mainardi). The Chapel of St. Bartolo (Benedetto da Maiano).

Minor Churches. St. Bartolo, St. Jacopo, St. Piero, St. Lorenzo in Ponte and the remains of St. Francesco.

Other places of interest:  The Ornithological Museum,  The ancient Wash - houses,  The Fortress of Montestaffoli.

panoramic sight
medieval skyline
The Tower

San Gimignano

San Gimignano in Tuscany is famous for its towers. The city gained its promenance due to its location  rising from the hills of the Upper Elsa Valley, facing the land of Volterra and positioned right on one of the most important stretches of the mediaeval Via Francigena, is famous all over the world. A similar renown can also be claimed by its Vernaccia wine, recently awarded the D.O.C.G., the highest acknowledgement and guarantee for quality in Italian oenology.

One of the most charming and picturesque of all the Tuscan hill towns (and that’s saying a lot). San Gimignano is noted mainly for its medieval towers. They dominate the town in the way that skyscrapers dominate modern cities. At one time there were more than 70 towers (built as symbols of wealth and as a security precaution by the town’s prosperous merchants) but only 14 remain today. Walk through the wonderfully preserved town square the Piazza della Cisterna and visit the 13th-century town hall the Palazzo del Popolo. There are good views from the Rocca citadel and the entire town is a great place to stroll and soak up the atmosphere.