San Gimignano

San Gimignano

Called The “Manhattan of the middle Age” for its ancient towers. It has been declared a World Heritage Site because it is a rare example in Europe of urban organization of the communal age: practically a medieval dream! Here you can imagine yourself in the life of a rich merchant with his impregnable tower-house that dominated the city stretch of the Frankish Road.  At that time, in San Gimignano, you would have seen 72 towers (today about 15). Many of the evidences of this period are kept in the Collegiata, that is the main Church, and in museums such as the Civic one. In this museum you can even climb up to the top of the Torre Grossa (The Big Tower), and take some pictures of a unique panorama.

Duration: 2 hours

In can also visit or add to the walking tour:

  • Collegiata: or rather the Cathedral, where along the inners walls you can see two large cycles of frescoes that tell us about the Old and New Testaments; the Final Judgement by Taddeo di Bartolo and other frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli and Ghirlandaio. In addition, there is the chapel of Santa Fina, the patron saint of San Gimignano, that is buried here.
    Duration: 1 hour
    Ticket: click here
  • Civic Museum + Torre Grossa.In the museum are kept works by artists such as Coppo di MarcovaldoBenozzo GozzoliFilippino Lippi and Pinturicchio. But the palace itself is worth a visit, ’cause over the Middle Age it was the seat of the Town Hall. It still preserves some private rooms of the government of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
    Duration 1 hour
    Ticket: click here