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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…
Top Choice Tuscan in San Gimignano

Ristorante La Mandragola

Nestled beneath the crumbling walls of the rocca, La Mandragola (The Mandrake) is deservedly popular –– book ahead, especially if you're keen to dine in the gorgeous courtyard. It's not exactly tourist-free, but the…
Top Choice Gelato in San Gimignano

Gelateria Dondoli

Think of it less as ice cream, more as art. Former gelato world champion Sergio Dondoli is a member of Italy’s Ice Cream World Championship team and among his most famous creations are Crema di Santa Fina (saffron c…
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…
Modern Italian in San Gimignano

Olivieri Bistrot

There's nothing traditional about this newcomer to the San Gimignano dining scene. Located on the major pedestrian spine, it has an attractive modern interior, friendly staff and a menu incorporating plenty of twist…