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La Collegiata – San Gimignano

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The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, simply called the Collegiata, is the most important church of San Gimignano. Located in Piazza Duomo it is mostly famous for its stunning frescoes’ cycles by Ghirlandaio, Gozzoli, Di Bartolo and many other important artists. In 1990 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in particular the frescoes were described as “works of outstanding beauty”.

The original church was built around the 10th century and dedicated to San Gimignano, its remains are buried here. However in less the two centuries the importance of the city had grown so much that a new church was needed. In the following centuries many statues and frescoes were added.

The Collegiate was built in Romanesque style, except the two chapels added later in the Renaissance style. The façade is very simple, there are two doors on the side and no central portal.

The interior is characterized by the use of colors: the nave colonnades are decorated with black and white marble, the volt is painted with lapis lazuli and gold stars.

The famous frescoes were added mostly during the 14th century. They are divided in cycles: Old Testament, New Testament, Last Judgement, Annunciation, San Sebastian and the one dedicated to the local Saint Fina. The different artists, all coming from the Sienese School, were deeply influenced by the Byzantine style and the Giotto’s renaissance style.

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Also one of the Collegiata’s Chapel was dedicated to the local Saint Fina. The legend says that when this young girls passed many miracles occurred. The chapel is considered a stunning example of the Renaissance style.

During the Second World War the church was seriously damaged, luckily a restoration in 1951 bring it back to its original splendor.

Private San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and San Galgano Abbey Tour

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From: $82.60

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

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TOUR ITINERARY

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.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– 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

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– San Gimignano

– La Collegiata Duomo of San Gimignano

– Monteriggioni

– San Galgano Abbey

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– 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

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Private Siena & San Gimignano Tour

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From: $86.94

tour duration

8 Hours

start time

09:00 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

meeting point

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

This full day excursion will take you on a fantastic journey to discover two of the most beautiful medieval towns of Tuscany: Siena and San Gimignano. Your first stop will be Siena which, along with Florence and Pisa, is one of the leading art cities in Tuscany. Throughout the centuries, this city has managed to preserve its handsome medieval character.

Your tour will begin with a visit to the Basilica of San Domenico, a 13th century Gothic church much frequented for its venerated relics of Saint Catherine, patron saint of Italy and Europe. You will continue to the Banca Monte dei Paschi, a magnificent palace-like bank that was founded in 1472; it is considered to be the oldest surviving bank in Europe and is in fact still active. From here, you will walk to the nearby Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped square that is the undoubted center of Siena’s vibrant city life. As your guide will explain, this is where the famed and exhilarating Palio horse race takes place twice a year. Ten representatives from the seventeen districts of Siena will ride bareback around the Piazza at breakneck speeds for the chance to win the Palio. Following a brief stop at the Palazzo Chigi-Saracini, which houses the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, you will arrive at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, also known as the Duomo di Siena. This marvelous medieval cathedral made of white marble is one of Siena’s most impressive architectural wonders, a mixture of Classical, French Gothic and Tuscan Romanesque styles.

From here, you will have some free time in Siena. You can either keep exploring the city on your own or choose to have lunch in one of the delicious restaurants in the area. Just be sure to return on time to continue your tour to San Gimignano!

The town’s fourteen medieval towers are visible from a great distance, giving the hilltop settlement a remarkable and unforgettable skyline. Like Siena, San Gimignano is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany, boasting beautiful buildings such as churches and palazzos. The tour will take you to the wonderfully preserved main square called the Piazza della Cisterna, and there you will visit the 13th century the Palazzo del Popolo, San Gimignano’s town hall.

At the end of your visit meet your driver again to return to your accommodation in Florence.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver and guide

– Visit of Siena

– Visit of San Gimignano

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Tuscany Landscapes

– Siena

– Piazza del Campo

– San Domenico Church

– Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

– Piazza della Cisterna

– Palazzo del Popolo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– 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.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your Accommodation