San Gimignano tour
San Gimignano tour
In the heart of the Middle Ages
San Gimignano tour will allow you to live a fairytail experience. Therefore, if you want to lose yourself in history, walking through the alleys of a medieval village, among the tower-houses of the Guelf and Ghibelline families, you are in the right place.
Here, the past becomes the present and the present has an ancient flavor. Saint Giovanni gate, our starting point, was the historical access of the city and it will be our “stargate” which will take us back in time.
While walking along Saint Giovanni street it won’t be hard to feel ourselves like ancient travelers or pilgrims who arrived here along the via Francigena, in the past. After a break to admire the surrounding countryside and to understand how the territory and the village has changed over the centuries, we will arrive in the heart of the city.
Piazza della Cisterna is an enchanting square which is surrounded by some of the 14 towers over the 72 erected in the Middle Ages, still intact. Then, we will climb up to the top of Torre Grossa which is placed in another evocative square: Piazza Duomo. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a brethtaking panoramic view and a 360-degrees view of the entire city, in this way!
Last but not least, we will visit the Duomo which is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and houses two important and exetremely interesting 14th century fresco cycles.
The major treasure, inside the Duomo, which will catch your heart, is the chapel dedicated to Santa Fina, by Giuliano da Maiano, actually. Although the room is small, the 15th century frescos by Domenico Ghirlandaio and assistants make it rich and harmonius.
Maximum lenght: 3 hours
Depending on the needs of the travelers, the tour can also include the visit to the S. Agostino Church and its fresco cycle by Benozzo Gozzoli, refined painter of the 15th century.
Otherwise, you could book another tour, called Hiking in San Gimignano, in and out so you will live San Gimignano all-round.
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