Attractions in San Gimignano
San Gimignano is not a big city, so you can easily get on with all the city's
attractions on foot. In practice, the main attraction is to stroll around the
Centro Storico, the historic center of San Gimignano, and look at the
magnificent houses and towers.
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Also, let the walk lead to a visit outside the city wall, ie the wall that
surrounds the historic center. The wall is originally from the 13th century.
Several beautiful portals have been built into the city, some of which come from
the famous Medici family in Florence who controlled San Gimignano about 200
years from the 15th century.
One of the oldest portals is the Porta San Matteo from the
1100s. You will find Porta San Matteo in the north of the historic center when,
at the junction of Via Cellolese and Via San Matteo.
Santa Maria Assunta
The 11th century church of Santa Maria Assunta must only be visited. The
murals in the church will surely give you a sacred feeling that lasts for a long
time. You will also find beautiful wooden statues, relics and much more to
admire in this church.
Architecturally, Santa Maria Assunta is a typical example of a Romanesque
style. Originally the church was smaller, but an expansion in 1457 gave Santa
Maria Assunta the size it has today.
Santa Maria Assunta is located at Piazza del Duomo. The address is a
mystery in itself, since Santa Maria Assunta is not a cathedral (Duomo).
Torre Grosso and Palazzo del Popolo
San Gimignano's tallest tower is Torre Grosso, (The thick tower). Torre
Grosso stretches 54 meters up in the weather, and it was immediately decided in
San Gimignano that no tower should be built higher than that. From the top of
the tower you get great views of the city.
The Palazzo del Popolo (palace of the people) was begun in the year 1288 and
expanded in 1323. Amazingly, the Palazzo del Popolo has been San Gimignano's
gathering place for the city council since its origins.
Here you will also find the Museo Civico with the famous Sala di Dante
(Dante's room). The very famous poet Dante visited San Gimignano in the year
1300 and the room is dedicated to him. Here you will see a great collection of
Both Torre Grosso and Palazzo del Popolo are right next to Santa Maria
Assunta at the Piazza Duomo.
The church of Sant'Agostino was built in the period 1280 to 1298 in a Gothic
style and is located north of the old town, near Porta San Matteo. This
is a church that does not look like the whole world on the outside, but which
manifests itself in all its splendor when you get inside. The interior is
Sant 'Agostino also preserves the legends of San Bartolo, ie the priest
Bartoloa da San Gimignano (1228 - 1300). He was blessed by Pope Pius X in 1910.
San Gimignano 1300
San Gimignano 1300 is a combination of museum and art exhibition. The most
important item is most likely the 27 square meter model of San Gimignano in
1300. The model gives a very realistic picture of what San Gimignano looked like
in the year 1300, including the colors of the buildings. It took more than two
years to complete the model. And everything was made by hand.
You can find San Gimignano 1300 at Via Berignano 23.
Museum of torture
The Museo della Pena di Morte (Torture Museum) is a reasonably special
museum. On the other hand, it may be okay to get a reminder from time to time
how cruel people can be to each other.
The Museo della Pena di Morte is located on Via San Giovanni 82 and
is best suited for adults and the slightly older children. Much of the
exhibition is graphic, ie drawings, explanations etc.
Tourist in San Gimignano
The sights of San Gimignano are many, including the Piazza del Duomo,
La Rocca, Piazza della Cisterna (the square is shaped like a
triangle with a cistern from 1237 in its center) and not least the Via San
Matteo street that oozes charm and atmosphere.
In Via San Matteo veneer you picturesque houses, shops and religious
buildings. There are also several museums that deserve a visit once you have
taken the time to visit San Gimignano. We propose the Etruscan Museum (the
Etruscans were the dominant in Tuscany for many years, but the fate of this
people is unknown), the Museum of Secret and Forbidden Art (found at Piazza
Pecori) and the Ornithological Museum, (by the street Via Quercecchio).
San Gimignano is not the city for partying or shopping. In any case, not
shopping for fashion clothes and similar products. Most stores fall into the
"tourist traps" category, selling souvenirs and similar items. However, some
stores offer good craftsmanship and jewelry.
Top quality food and wine can of course also be purchased in several stores.
The typical Italian and Tuscan cuisine is represented through a useful selection
of pizzerias and restaurants, most of which serve good quality food. Again, the
rule is that you should try to find where the locals eat. The food here is
always the best and often the cheapest. This rule should at least apply if you
want something other than a regular pizza.
Festivals in San Gimignano
There are often larger or smaller festivals and performances in San
Gimignano. In mid-June, there is a festival in honor of the city's weekend, and
this festival lasts for several days.
For accommodation there are hotels in the city. We can recommend Hotel
L'Antico Pozzo, which is located in the city center and dates back to the 15th
century. The address is Via San Matteo 87. You can also rent rooms
privately in several places in the city.