Placed in the medieval historical centre of S. Gimignano, Palazzo Mari, is situated in an enviable position. Close to Via S. Martino, best-known for its artisans’ workshops and for two successful restaurants, one of which was awarded with a Michelin star.
It is a dive in the past among history, culture, and well-known historical characters. It goes from Via Porta San Giovanni to Porta San Matteo, with Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo to divide the two streets.
Only 500 metres away, it is the most beautiful square in S. Gimignano. Its place derives from the water reservoir placed in the middle of the square. This was the ancient site of workshops and taverns. The atmosphere you can breathe seems to make you want to go back in time.
400 metres away, in the Piazza del Duomo, we can find the Vecchio Palazzo del Podestà with the tower named Rognosa, used in the past as a prison. Under the building there is a wide lobby with a 1513 fresco by Sodoma, and a door that gives access to the amazing Teatro dei Leggeri. In 1298 the new Palazzo Comunale was built next to the Dome.
Again 400 metres away, on the right side of the Dome, a flight of stairs to give access to Piazza Pecori is found. The name comes from a famous S. Gimignano citizen, Luigi Pecori. From here, you can get access to the sacred arts museum, which replaced in 1600 the the Cappellani dorm.
On the right side of the Dome we can find Piazza delle Erbe, so called because it was the place where the market of countryside products took place.
38 metres away, where the amazing monastery of agostinian monks is found. Adjacent to the great church of Sant’Agostino the small church of San Pietro (San Piero), one of the oldest in S. Gimignano (XII sec.), is found. Between the two churches, in the centre of the square , another hexagonal water reservoir on a raised ground is found.
500 metres away you can fin Torre e Casa Campatelli, owned by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano – Italian Environment Fund). In San Gimignano, one of the famous towers inserted in a bulding from the 1700s perfectly furnished, recalls the life of Tuscan ‘800 middle class, with the long history of the town being told by sophisticated digital technologies.
Only 500 metres away, there is Rocca di Montestaffoli, built by the people of Florence when San Gimignano was subjugated by Florence in 1353. It was created to prevent attacks coming from Siena. The Rocca is really similar to a fortress and used to host the troops under command from Florence. It has a pentagon base with a 280 m overall perimeter. In the third weekend of June, the “ Giostra dei Bastoni” joist takes place, in the frame of the medieval feast “Le ferie delle Messi”.
Along the perimeter of the outer walls, built around the 13th century, 2.176 metres long, it is possible to walk in order to observe the inner walls that surround the historical centre of San Gimignano. The path is accessible through both internal and external access points. Alomg the path the main doors to the town are found: Porta San Giovanni (south side), Porta Quercecchio (west side), Porta San Matteo (north side), Porta San Jacopo e Porta delle Fonti (east side).
Many museums can be visited in S. Gimignano, capable of satisfying every taste: Sacred arts museum (500 mt); Archeological museum, Spezieria of S. Fina Gallery of modern and contemporary art (130 mt); Torture museum (700 mt).
Many churches characterise the historical centre: Dome, also known as Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta (500 mt); Chiesa di Sant’Agostino (30 mt); Chiesa di Santo Bartolo (250 mt); Chiesa di San Pietro (San Piero) (50 mt); Chiesa di San Jacopo (300 mt); Foresteria del Monastero di San Girolamo (280 mt);