San Gimignano, Italy

Church of Collegiata

To the right of the Collegiata, the Piazza Pecori opens up as a small peaceful piazza connected to the Piazza del Duomo.To find it, one only need pass by the Torre Grossa and proceed through the Arch of San Giovanni (so called because there is a statue of the saint at the top that was first on the Porta Alle Fonti, one of the city gates).

The Chiesa Collegiata, the Duomo of San Gimignano, dates from the 12th century. It is a splendid building with all of its medieval features preserved. It is considered one of the best examples of the Tuscan Romantic Style.

There is a breathtaking view of the addition in the interior. Splendid frescoes also completely cover the walls of the three naves, a concentration of priceless works of art.

The decorations depict stories from the Bible and the lives of saints. Artists with work here include: Benozzo Gozzoli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Taddeo di Bartolo, and Jacopo della Quercia, who created the wooden Annunciation.