The Municipal Art Gallery
The Town Hall of San Gimignano, built in 1288, houses the “historic” seat of the Civic Museums. The museum itinerary allows you to admire famous cycles of frescoes that are able to convey to the visitor that civic sense that his elected seat had in the Podestà's Palace. On the first floor is the ancient Sala del Consiglio, also known as the Sala di Dante (in memory of the visit that the Florentine poet made in 1299 as ambassador of the Guelph league), with hunting and tournament scenes dedicated to Carlo d'Angiò, made by Azzo di Masetto (around 1290). The room is dominated by the grandiose Majesty of the Sienese Lippo Memmi (1317), inspired by the masterpiece that his brother-in-law Simone Martini painted in the Sala del Mappamondo of the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena in 1315.
On the second floor of the Palazzo Comunale di San Gimignano there is the room of the Podestà, with the hilarious scenes of profane love painted by Memmo di Filippuccio between 1303 and 1310, and the rooms of the Pinacoteca. Here you can admire the fundamental moments of the artistic patronage of San Gimignano: from the Florentine (Coppo di Marcovaldo) and Sienese (Rinaldo) presences of the second half of the thirteenth century, to the great Sienese season of the second half of the fourteenth century. We pass from the alternation between Sienese and Florentines at the turn of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries (Taddeo di Bartolo, Lorenzo di Niccolò and the "Maestro of 1419") to the definitive prevalence of the Florentines (Benozzo Gozzoli, Filippino Lippi, Sebastiano Mainardi) who contributed to the renovation San Gimignano Renaissance, up to the extreme summit reached with the great altarpiece by Pinturicchio, painted in 1511. From the Pinacoteca it is also possible to access the Torre Grossa, built between 1300 and 1311, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view that sweeps from the city to the surrounding countryside of the Valdelsa, up to the Pistoia mountains and the Apuan Alps.