San Gimignano Things to Do

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  • 1. Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta - Il Duomo

    In the 15C the Collegiata was extended and among the additions was a special chapel to its local Santa Fina (who died in 1253).The chapel has two paintings of her deathbed and her funeral painted by...

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  • 2. Piazza della Cisterna

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    At the edge of the Piazza della Cisterna, when you enter from its northeast point along the right (north) wall of the piazza are the two Torre of the Aringhelli family leading members of the Guelphs...

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  • 3. Torre Grossa

    There is a view fem the top of the Torre Grossa that is 360 degrees that oin cludes a;]ll of the hills as wek a all of the small town below. Be sure to see the Piazza della Cisterna below with an...

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  • 4. Palazzo del Popolo

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    The Palazzo del Popolo (or Nuovo Podesta) is on the south side of the Piazza Duomo almost touching the church. Its right edge is almost touching the Torre Grossa. The left edge leads to a double...

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  • 5. Rocca di Montestaffoli

    Standing in ruins, the Rocca di Montestaffoli is a castle located at the western edge of San Gimignano. It was built in 1353 by the Florentines, who by then had taken control of San Gimignano. The...

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  • 6. Piazza del Duomo

    The first Palazzo del Podesta was built on the east side of the Duomo Square in 1239, later called the vecchia. In 1288 a Nuovo Podesta was built on the south side of the square. This carries other...

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  • 7. Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

    Go inside the church and look at the many paintings by Gozzoli about the life of Saint Augustine which were created about 1461. These pictures were made after hours when a study was being made by...

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  • 8. Porta San Giovanni

    Walk down the main street of the town to its south end and come to the Port San Giovanni and beyond it to the bus stop and perhaps a place to park. Since on our last trip we stayed at the Bianco...

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  • 9. Arco dei Becci

    Linking Via San Giovanni with Piazza della Cisterna, the Arco dei Becci was once the town's southern gate. It was built at the end of the 10th century along with the original fortified walls, but the...

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  • 10. Porta San Matteo

    The imposing Porta San Matteo is massive stone made construction which leads steeply downwards to the Public Fountains. As all other town gates, it has very characteristic construction on its top...

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  • 11. Museo Civico

    The Pinacoteca Civica contains exclusively 13 to 15C works. A place of importance is given to the Crucifix of Coppo di Marcovaldo of aboue 1260, Nearby are the panels whose center one is Saint...

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  • 12. Via San Matteo

    The main thoroughfare north of Piazza del Duomo, Via San Matteo links the heart of the town with the northern gate, Porta San Matteo. The street is also a continuation of the mediaeval pilgrim road,...

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  • 13. Via San Giovanni

    Right after Porta San Giovanni there is the ancient cobbled street of San Giovanni, the main street of San Gimignano. San Giovanni street is flanked by imposing buildings, some of which still have...

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  • 14. Chiesa di San Bartolo

    Located on Via San Matteo, north of Piazza del Duomo, la Chiesa di San Bartolo was originally dedicated to San Matteo and gave the street and the quarter its name. It was built in 1173, but was...

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  • 15. Chiesa di San Pietro

    Across the Piazza di Sant' Agostino is the Chiesa di San Pietro in Forliano which is a very plain rectangular church with no aisles. Above the pail door is a semicircle and above that a small...

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  • 16. Museo Archeologico

    San Gimignano is a very unique city. Not only that it is medieval (all the buildings were made of thick bricks including the narrow streets), it is also nestled on top of a hill. All the stores,...

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  • 17. Torre dei Cugnanesi

    Dominating the view at the end of Via San Giovanni, la Torre dei Cugnanesi is one of the highest towers in San Gimignano. It dates from the 13th century and belonged to the Cugnanesi family, along...

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  • 18. Palazzo Comunale

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    Also known as Palazzo Nuova del PodestĂ , il Palazzo Comunale has been the seat of the government of San Gimignano since it was built in 1288. Prior to its construction, the seat of the government was...

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  • 19. Convento di San Francesco

    The convent of the Franciscans, actually its remains, has a fine facade in white travertine broken by dark, horizontal lines of serpentine recalling the Pisan...

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  • 20. Costarella

    Torre Grossa is the highest tower of San Grimignano, 54 metres high, and the only one you can climb up. I didn't climb up because am not feeling very...

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  • 21. Rent a bright red Vespa

    We've never done this but we see the red Vespas zipping all over the Chianti countryside and it looks like fun. When it's a group, they park together and the...

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  • 22. Visiting the Basilica and the Museum

    Our students bought the combo tickets to go to the Museum and the Basilica, saving at least $2.00. Per ticket cost E3.50. The best time to go to San Gimignano...

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  • 23. The Podesta Tower

    For thousands of years, the buildings in San Gimignano withstood earthquakes and other natural calamities. It is well-known for its medieval brick buildings....

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  • 24. The Execution in Medieval Times

    In Medieval times, hundreds of residents will congregate at the center of the town to watch the execution of criminals, or those who have committed offenses...

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  • 25. The Façade of la Chiesa di San Francesco

    The beautiful façade of la Chiesa di San Francesco is all that remains from this 13th century church. The Pisan-Romanesque style, with stripes influenced by...

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