Abbey of San Galgano

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San Galgano Abbey

San Galgano Abbey - Exterior
San Galgano Abbey - Side ViewSan Galgano Abbey - ViewSan Galgano Abbey - Interior

The Abbey of San Galgano is a Gothic monastery dedicated to San Galgano, located in the province of Siena.

The first monastery was built at the end of the 12th century as a mausoleum for Saint Galgano. The most important building was the Rotonda of Saint Galgano erected to protect the tomb and the legendary Rock with the Sword. The legend says that when the young Galgano decided to abandon his dissolute life he planted his sword in a rock as a cross. The Rotonda was heavily remodeled several times and only a restoration in 1924 brought it back to its original look.

The cult of Saint Galgano grew in popularity quickly so it was decided to build a new Abbey. Its construction started at the beginning of the 13th century, it took almost sixty years to be completed. Immediately the Abbey became very wealthy and formed an alliance with the close Republic of Siena.

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The monks thought that the city would have protected them from armies and invaders. However Siena wasn’t able to defend the Abbey and in less than a century the monastery was sacked and left in ruin. At the end of the 18th century the campanile and the roof of the church felt down. The inhabitants of the surrounding cities started to sack what was left for building material.

Finally during the 19th century the monastery was partly restored; however only the Abbey’s walls still stand.

Private San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and San Galgano Abbey Tour

San Galgano Abbey - Interior
San Gimignano - La Collegiata - InteriorSan Galgano Abbey - ExteriorMonteriggioni - PanoramaMonteriggioni - Piazza RomaSan Gimignano - view from the topSan Gimignano - view

From: $90.90

tour duration

8 Hours

start time

09:30 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun

meeting point

pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking




Your driver and guide will meet you at your accommodation in Siena to take you on a full day excursion. Enjoy this fantastic journey and discover two beautiful medieval towns in TuscanySan Gimignano and Monteriggioni, and the Abbey of San Galgano.

Your first stop will be the beautiful San Gimignano. The town’s fourteen medieval towers are visible from a great distance, giving the hilltop settlement a remarkable and unforgettable skyline. San Gimignano is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany, boasting beautiful buildings such as churches and palazzos. You will have time to discover this gorgeous city on your own. We suggest to visit the wonderfully preserved main square called the Piazza della Cisterna, and the 13th century Palazzo del Popolo, San Gimignano’s town hall. Both the plaza and the Palazzo are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the many churches present in San Gimignano we recommend a visit to the two biggest ones: the Collegiata in the Piazza del Duomo and the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino. Both churches contain beautiful frescoes and other important artworks. After your tour try one of the delicious restaurant of the city where you can taste the mouth-watering local cuisine!

Next you will visit the enchanting medieval village of Monteriggioni. Here you will have time to visit the city on your own. We suggest to walk around the distinctive circular walls that surround the village; to visit Piazza Roma with its Romanesque church and Renaissance Palaces. Later you will continue your tour with the visit of the unique ruins of the San Galgano Abbey.

At the end of the visit you will return back to your accommodation in Siena.


– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Independent visit of San Gimignano

– Independent visit of Monteriggioni

– Independent visit of San Galgano Abbey


– San Gimignano

– La Collegiata Duomo of San Gimignano

– Monteriggioni

– San Galgano Abbey

– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation