The prosperity reached by S. Gimignano during Middle Ages has left a lot of traces, especially in the arts. Works of art are in the Civic Museum, in the Duomo or in St. Augustine Church. The Rocca itself, sited at the top of the hill, is a place worth visiting because it offers a wonderful panorama of the whole Val d’Elsa countryside.


The walls of the cathedral (called “La Collegiata”) are covered with XIVth century frescoes by Senese School such as the Old Testament (painted by . di Fredi and “ Bottega di Memmi”), or some wooden statues, by Florentine School such as the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian by B. Gozzoli and a marble altar by B. da Maiano. In the right aisle there is the chapel of Santa Fina with admirable frescoes by Ghirlandaio.

In the St. Augustine Church it is possible to admire frescoes painted by Gozzoli telling the story of the Doctor of the Church life, or paintings by artists such as P. del Pollaiolo or P. Fiorentino, V. Tamagni and Gozzoli again.


The Civic Museum is inside Palazzo del Podestà (Town Hall) and consists of the “Sala di Dante” so called because in 1299 a. C. the poet Dante Alighieri, sent hither as ambassador of Florence, delivered a speech inviting the Commune to send representatives to an assembly of Guelphs, and the “Pinacoteca Civica”, in which there are paintings of XIIIth, XIVth and XVth century by Senese and Florentine artists (F. Lippi, Pinturicchio etc..).