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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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