As you crest the nearby hills, the 14 towers of this walled town rise up like a medieval Manhattan. Originally an Etruscan village, the settlement was named after the Bishop of Modina, San Gimignano. Today, swarms of day-trippers are lured to the town due to the palpable sense of history, intact medieval streetscapes and enchanting rural setting.
Palazzo Comunale stands on the central Piazza del Duomo. Inside there is the famous room "Sala di Dante"
that is decorated with important collections of courtly frescoes and the Picture Gallery with its works dating back to the 13th and 17th centuries. From Palazzo Comunale you can also go up to the top of the Torre Grossa, San Gimignano's highest tower,
from where an amazing view will take your breath away. It is also possible to climb the Torre Grossa -
from its top you will enjoy the view of the town and its surrounding countryside, including the whole Valdelsa region to the mountains of the area of Pistoia and to the Apuan Alps.
The Duomo situated on the west side of the Duomo square is a remarkable monument of Romanesque architecture
in Tuscany. The Duomo is considered to be both a Temple of Faith and of Art - some works of art still in the church were financed and created thanks to donations or offerings. In the archives there are wills bearing testimony to this devotion that were made by both illustrious and simple persons. Altars, chapels, freizes, frescoes and paintings commissioned by a wide spectrum of artists makes the Duomo a fascinating collection.
We recommend car hire to best see the nearby sights.