Attractions

Top Choice Church in San Gimignano

Collegiata

Parts of San Gimignano's Romanesque cathedral were built in the second half of the 11th century, but its remarkably vivid frescoes, depicting episodes from the Old and New Testaments, date from the 14th century. Loo…
Top Choice Museum in San Gimignano

Palazzo Comunale

The 13th-century Palazzo Comunale has always been the centre of San Gimignano's local government; its magnificently frescoed Sala di Dante is where the great poet addressed the town's council in 1299 and its Camera …
Top Choice Gallery in San Gimignano

Galleria Continua

It may seem strange to highlight contemporary art in this medieval time capsule of a town, but there's good reason to do so. This is one of the best commercial art galleries in Europe, showing the work of big-name a…
Church in San Gimignano

Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

This late-13th-century church is best known for Benozzo Gozzoli's charming fresco cycle (1464–65) illustrating the life of St Augustine. You'll find it in the choir behind the altar. Gozzoli also painted the fresco …
Museum in San Gimignano

Polo Museale Santa Chiara

There are three museums in this complex. The ground floor is home to a part-reconstructed 15th- to 18th-century pharmacy known as the Speziera di Santa Fina, which features shelves stacked with brightly painted cera…
House in San Gimignano

Torre e Casa Campatelli

Protected and opened to the public by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), the Italian National Trust equivalent, this art- and antique-filled tower house was the home of the wealthy Campatelli family and has been pre…
Museum in San Gimignano

San Lorenzo in Ponte

The name of this 13th-century church refers to its original location next to a drawbridge (ponte means bridge) leading to the bishop's castle. The drawbridge has long since gone, but the castle still stands (now emp…
Museum in San Gimignano

Vernaccia Wine Experience

San Gimignano's famous wine, Vernaccia, is celebrated in this small museum next to the rocca (fortress). Interactive exhibits on the 1st floor trace the history of the product and the surrounding land; there's also …
Museum in San Gimignano

Museo d'Arte Sacra

Works of medieval religious art from San Gimignano's key churches are on display in this modest museum. Particularly beautiful items made from precious metals include crafted chalices and thuribles (censers); there …
Museum in San Gimignano

San Gimignano del 1300

Youngsters love this handmade ceramic re-creation of the medieval city, complete with houses, streets, towers and people as they would have looked in 1300. It's quite likely to inspire junior visitors to bigger and …