Taking prize place beside the Town Hall on Piazza Duomo, the Collegiate Church of San Gimignano, or the Duomo of San Gimignano, ranks among most impressive monuments of San Gimignano’s UNESCO-listed historic center.
Behind its comparatively reserved façade, the church’s main claim to fame is its exquisite frescos, which date back to the 14th and 15th centuries, and remain remarkably unrestored. The bold colors and painstaking detail bring to life iconic biblical scenes including Cain and Abel, Noah’s Ark, the Garden of Eden and dramatic depictions of Heaven and Hell, with highlights including works by Bartolo di Fredi, Lippo Memmi, Benozzo Gozzoli and Taddeo di Bartolo.
Adjoining the church, the small Museum of Sacred Art includes more works taken from the Collegiata and other San Gimignano churches, including a Crucifix by Benedetto di Maiano and the ‘Madonna of the Rose’ by Bartolo di Fredi.
Insider’s Tip: Don’t forget to take a peek at the chapel of Santa Fina, a Renaissance masterpiece by architect Giuliano da Maiano, sculptor Benedetto da Maiano and painter Domenico Ghirlandaio.
The Collegiate Church of San Gimignano is located in Piazza Duomo in the historic center of San Gimignano. Opening times are: Nov-March Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12.30-5pm; April Oct Mon-Fri 10am-7.30pm, Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 12.30-7.30pm. Adult admission is €4, while combined admission to the church and the adjoining Museum of Sacred Art is €6.