The Civic Pinacoteca
The Palazzo Comunale di San Gimignano, built in 1288, hosts the "historic" headquarters of the civic museums. The museum path allows you to admire famous cycles of frescoes that manage to convey to the visitor that civic sense that had its seat of the election in the Podestestral Palace. On the first floor there is the ancient hall of the Council, also called the Sala di Dante (in memory of the visit that the Florentine poet in 1299 made in San Gimignano as an ambassador of the Guelfia Lega), with the scenes of hunting and tournament dedicated to Carlo d'Angiò, made by Ci di Masetto (about 1290). The hall is dominated by the great majesty of the Sienese Lippo Memmi (1317), inspired by the masterpiece that the brother-in-law Simone Martini painted in the Hall of the Map of the Public Palace in Siena in 1315.
On the second floor of the Palazzo Comunale di San Gimignano there will then open the chamber of the Podestà, with the funny love scenes painted by Memmo di Filippuccio between 1303 and 1310, and the salt of the gallery. Here you can admire the fundamental moments of the Sangimignanese artistic client: from the Florentine presences (Coppo di Marcovaldo) and Senesi (Rinaldo) of the second half of the two hundred, to the great Sienese season of the second half of the fourteenth century. We move from the alternation between Sienese and Florentines on horseback between three hundred and four hundred (Taddeo di Bartolo, Lorenzo di Niccolò and the "Master of 1419") to the final prevailing of the Florentines (Benozzo Gozzoli, Filipino Lippi, Sebastiano Mainardi) which contributed to renewal Renaissance of San Gimignano, up to the extreme summit reached with the great Pinturicchio shovel, painted in 1511.
From the Pinacoteca it is also possible to access the Grossa Tower, built between 1300 and 1311, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view that ranges from the city to the surrounding countryside of Valdelsa, up to the Pistoia mountains and the Apuan Alps.