Fodor's Expert Review Collegiata

San Gimignano Fodor's Choice

The town's main church is not officially a duomo (cathedral), because San Gimignano has no bishop. But behind the simple facade of the Romanesque Collegiata lies a treasure trove of fine frescoes, covering nearly every wall. Bartolo di Fredi's 14th-century fresco cycle of Old Testament scenes extends along one wall. Their distinctly medieval feel, with misshapen bodies, buckets of spurting blood, and lack of perspective, contrasts with the much more reserved scenes from the Life of Christ (attributed to 14th-century artist Lippo Memmi) painted on the opposite wall just 14 years later.

Fodor's Choice Church

Quick Facts

Piazza Pecori 1–2
San Gimignano, Tuscany  53037, Italy


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €5, Closed Jan. 1, 15–31, and Nov. 15–30

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