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Piazza Duomo

Browse the collections of ancient art, which grace the walls of the medieval landmarks that surround this resplendent public square.

Piazza Duomo is a fascinating square in San Gimignano’s old town. Throughout the Middle Ages the square was the focal point for the town’s political and religious activities. Spend some time marveling at Piazza Duomo’s architectural masterpieces and then browse the exceptional art exhibitions. Afterward, enjoy a moment of people-watching from a café terrace. 

The square’s dominating feature is the town cathedral, the Collegiate Church of San Gimignano. Admire the Romanesque façade and then step inside to discover a profusion of frescoes, which portray scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Spot work by notable Italian artists, including Bartolo di Fredi, Benozzo Gozzoli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Lippo Memmi. Much of the art dates back to the 1300s and is in its original form.

Opposite the cathedral is the Podestà Palace, established in the 12th century and the former seat of the town podestà (mayor). The palace’s huge bell tower, Torre Rognosa, served as a prison until the end of the 1500s. Look for a fresco by the Renaissance artist Sodoma.

Framing the south side of the square is San Gimignano Communal Palace. It became the new seat of the podestà in the late 13th century before becoming a civic museum and art gallery in 1853. Climb to the top of the 177-feet (54-meter) tall Torre Grossa to experience uninterrupted views over the town and encompassing countryside.

Take a break from sightseeing activities, sit on the steps of the cathedral and watch a mix of locals and tourists pass by. The café terrace in front of the Podestà Palace also affords excellent views.

Piazza Duomo sits in the heart of San Gimignano’s walled old town. It connects to the north with Piazza delle Erbe and to the south with Piazza della Cisterna.

The Collegiate Church of San Gimignano is open daily and admission is free. A free audio guide of the cathedral and art collections is available at the reception. San Gimignano Communal Palace, the tower and exhibitions are open daily and there’s an admission fee.


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Relais Santa Chiara Hotel

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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly San Gimignano hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Historical Torture Museum, Rocca of Montestaffoli, and Museum San Gimignano 1300. San Gimignano Communal Palace and Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum are also within 15 minutes.

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    Loc La Cappuccina 46/a, San Gimignano, SI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly San Gimignano hotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sant'Agostino Church and Archaeological Museum - Spezieria Santa Fina - Raffaele De Grada Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery. Rocca of Montestaffoli and Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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      Piazza Della Cisterna 23, San Gimignano, SI
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this hotel is steps from Piazza della Cisterna, Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and Casa e Torre Campatelli. Torre Grossa and San Gimignano Communal Palace are also within 5 minutes.

        Hotel Leon Bianco $86
        Hotel Leon Bianco

        Hotel Leon Bianco

        Piazza Della Cisterna 13, San Gimignano, SI
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Fabio Apartments $102
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          Fabio Apartments

          Vicolo delle Vergini 2, Angolo Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano, SI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            B&B Palazzo Tortoli $109
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            B&B Palazzo Tortoli

            Piazza Della Cisterna 22, San Gimignano, Provincia di Siena
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Agriturismo Le Rote

              Agriturismo Le Rote

              Località Ponte alle Ruote, San Gimignano, SI
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Cozy Flat Overlooking the Duomo $86
                Cozy Flat Overlooking the Duomo

                Cozy Flat Overlooking the Duomo

                San Gimignano, Tuscany
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in San Gimignano City Centre, this historic apartment building is steps from Loggia del Comune, Podesta's Palace, and Piazza Duomo. Piazza delle Erbe and San Gimignano Communal Palace are also within 5 minutes.