- Validity: 1 day
- Priority access
- Photos without flash
- Audioguide available
What to expect
- See the famous "collegiate church", the masterpieces and the frescoes of the Sienese school of the fourteenth century, the Renaissance chapel of Santa Fina
- Skip the line and don't waste you time
- Once entered, spend inside the museum all the time you want
Amazing works of the Sienese school
The Cathedral of San Gimignano is one of the most significant monuments of the city, with its frescoes and masterpieces of the Sienese school of the fourteenth century that tell the stories of the Old and New Testaments.
While the Museum of Sacred Art, housed in the dormitory of the chaplains, preserves masterpieces from the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Duomo) and the other churches in the area.
The Collegiate Church, also commonly known as the Cathedral, was completed in 1148 and is considered one of the finest examples of Tuscan Romanesque.
The development of the church reflects and follows the growth and the european evolution of the city from the Middle Ages to nowadays.
Collections and Masterpieces
The interior of the cathedral is completely painted.
On the right wall there is a fresco cycle of the New Testament, work of Lippo and Federico Memmi, a masterpiece of great evocative and iconography power, surely inspired by the canons of Simone Martini. The left wall narrates Stories from the Old Testament, made in 1367 by Bartolo di Fredi.
You can still see the typical medieval polychrome decorations, such as the blue painted vault and the typical Tuscan band pattern typical of the arches separating the aisles.
In the Cathedral you can also visit the Renaissance chapel of Santa Fina, dedicated to the homonymous saint, to whom the city is very devoted, where three great Florentine artists worked together: the architect Giuliano da Majano, the sculptor Benedetto da Majano and the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. Legend has it that, affected by a serious illness, she wanted to end her days lying on a wooden board which flourished yellow violets on her death. Every year in March, the violets of Santa Fina flourish in the midst of the hard rocks of the medieval city.
The Museum of Sacred Art set up in Piazza Pecori, collects paintings on wood and canvas, sculptures, bas-reliefs, illuminated manuscripts, textiles and silverware that come from churches and convents of the territory, and in particular from the Duomo. One of the most popular works is the Madonna of the Rose, a painting by Bartolo di Fredi, from the parish church of San Biagio in Cusona.
- Frescoes and masterpieces of the Sienese school of painting of the fourteenth century
- The Renaissance chapels of Santa Fina
- The Madonna of the Rose, Bartolo di Fredi, 1360 approx.
What is included
- Entrance with priority access
- Full-time and stay much as you want
- Reservation fees
- Access to temporary exhibitions
- Audioguide: available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian
What is not included
- Guided tour
The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the booking Wizard on this website.
- children between 6 and 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- Groups of at least 20 people (up to two companions with free admission)
Free Ticket (it is still required to pay the presale to skip the line) :
- Any handicapped person accompanied by the certificate of disability and the escort
The ticket is valid all day until closing time of the Cathedral and Museum starting from entrance time.
The entrance time written on the tickets may be subject to small changes depending on the actual availability of the Cathedral and Museum.
For a satisfying experience it is recommended to reserve at least 2 hours to visit the Cathedral and Museum.
The tickets will be sent via email within 24-48 hours after purchase (on weekdays) with instructions on how to get there and what to do to enter.
We inform you that, once booked, the date and time selected are binding. Please pick up your ticket at least 15 minutes before the reserved entrance. Who does not respect the time booked will not enter.
The Museum has a maximum capacity of people, in some periods of the year or special days you may experience short delays or waits not dependent on the Museum or Italy Tickets.