Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,148 contributions
    Beautiful Piazza with Medieval Towers & Cathedral
    This piazza is slightly less crowded than Piazza Della Cisterna - but not by a lot. It's equally impressive. The cathedral and the famous towers are the highlights here. The cathedral façade is quite plain and is not much to look at from the outside. You have to go inside to appreciate it. However, it has wide stairs at the front which are perfect for taking a break and sitting and looking across at the towers, directly opposite. We stopped there to look more carefully at the towers. An interesting feature we noticed was a lot of holes in the tower walls. Apparently these originally held big timbers beams that stuck out and propped up external wooden staircases and balconies, allowing people to walk outside or go from one room to another. Some of those balconies would have been a long, long way up so you wouldn't have wanted to have vertigo. We didn't stop in the piazza for very long as we were continuing our walk to the ruins of the Montestaffoli fort at the top of the hill which I highly recommend (from the piazza, we headed uphill along the side of the cathedral and from memory there were some signs from that point).
    Visited May 2019
    Written January 9, 2020
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain11,374 contributions
    Charming square! Wonderful towers!
    Piazza del Duomo (or Cathedral Square, in English) is the central square in the old town of San Gimignano, a wonderful medieval town in Tuscany Region, where you can see some fantastic towers. It is the main square and here there are some of the most important buildings in the town like Duomo (Cathedral), Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), some important towers, the turistic office or obviously some bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. Also, it is a great place to walk enjoying with views of very nice buildings, sit and drink or eat something or only relax (in summer it is impossible, because this place is full of people). Really a Top place in the town, the region, the country and probably on the world. Also from here you can begin to do the visit of Torre Grossa or Bell Tower, Palazzo Comunale or Duomo. (See also Historic Centre of San Gimignano, San Gimignano Bell Tower, Torre Grossa, Collegiata de Sta. Maria Assunta - Duomo, San Gimignano 1300 and Bar le Torri)
    Visited August 2019
    Traveled with family
    Written May 13, 2020
  • romanshorner
    Munich, Germany1,169 contributions
    Main Square with Historic Buildings
    It is the main square of San Gimignano. There are a lot of historic buildings around, especially the Palazzo del Podestà (historic main administration building) and the big church, the Duomo. It is not so full of life like the Piazza della Cisterna, but it has more interestin historic buildings.
    Visited June 2019
    Written May 31, 2020
  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,274 contributions
    Vendors in the Square
    I arrived in the morning and there were vendors with their stalls covering most of the square. Most of these vendors seem to cater to the local population since they were selling produce, plants, fish, meat, cheese, and household items. There were a few restaurants bordering the square. This square is easily recognized by the church and tower next to it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada885 contributions
    The Heart of San Gimignano
    This beautiful piazza is the heart of this medieval town. So much history and scenery. Nearby, you will find restaurants, gelato, shops, narrow lanes and so much more to enjoy. Arrange a walking tour to get more information and perspective.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Asiyah Noemi K
    Pula, Croatia5,035 contributions
    Beautiful Piazza with nice atmosfere
    Piazza del Duomo is a city square in beautiful San Gimignano. Today the Piazza Duomo is still the heart of San Gimignano, just as it was the centre of political and religious life in the Middle Ages. If the Duomo is the religious symbol of San Gimignano, the Palazzo del Popolo represents his civic symbol. Together, a few meters from each other, they form the unique architectural group of the Cathedral Square. The most imposing building is the Collegiata, it is at the centre, overpowering the piazza with its bulk as it sits on high atop a stairway. Exactly opposite is the Palazzo Vecchio del Podestà with the Torre Rognosa and the Torre Chigi alongside. The Collegiata, also know as the Duomo, gives its name to the piazza and has been there since the 11th century. In the first half of the 13th century, during the period of greatest economic prosperity, the piazza assumed the appearance it still has today. The main public buildings were built here, and the façade of the Duomo was rotated to face the Palazzo Vecchio del Podestà. It is a brick, trapezoid-shaped space with a slight slope, adding to the wonder of those who upon entering find themselves all of a sudden at the centre of the Middle Ages. Three important medieval buildings face one another here: On the north side, projecting up into the sky, are the Torri Gemelle dei Salvucci. On the opposite side is the Palazzo Nuovo del Podestà with the Loggia del Comune. Beside it is the massive Torre Grossa.
    Visited January 2020
    Written September 3, 2020
  • Jake23
    New Jersey6,523 contributions
    Nice square
    The piazza is beautiful and has great atmosphere. There are people, shops, and beautiful views anywhere you look. It is a must see in San Gimignano.
    Visited August 2021
    Written August 5, 2021
  • Michael Hausmann( Insta:mikestravelbook)
    Neuchâtel, Switzerland673 contributions
    In the middle of both main monuments
    This piazza is directly next to the tower end church entry. Less animated then city cener though but still full with tourists
    Visited April 2018
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2018
  • FRANCIS D
    Fuengirola, Spain27 contributions
    People watching heaven
    The Duomo is in the exact center of San Gimignano, just around the corner from Dondoli, the world champion gelato shop and Ricca pizza a hole-in-the-wall place that has excellent take out pizza. Grab a cone or buy a piece then sit down on the steps of the Duomo and watch the world go by.
    Visited March 2016
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2016
  • graham c
    Cambridge, United Kingdom986 contributions
    Beautiful City area
    This is an excellent location to visit in San Gimignano. Just of the main square area. The Church is a lively old building. The steps rise up in front making the building look imposing. There are many old buildings here including the local Council offices. Many different shops and bar, cafes adorn this part of the town. You have quite a climb up hill in all directions to reach the area.
    Visited September 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2019
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada4,274 contributions
Mar 2023
I arrived in the morning and there were vendors with their stalls covering most of the square. Most of these vendors seem to cater to the local population since they were selling produce, plants, fish, meat, cheese, and household items. There were a few restaurants bordering the square. This square is easily recognized by the church and tower next to it.
Written June 7, 2023
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AK8397
Ontario, Canada885 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This beautiful piazza is the heart of this medieval town. So much history and scenery. Nearby, you will find restaurants, gelato, shops, narrow lanes and so much more to enjoy. Arrange a walking tour to get more information and perspective.
Written June 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,035 contributions
Jan 2020
Piazza del Duomo is a city square in beautiful San Gimignano. Today the Piazza Duomo is still the heart of San Gimignano, just as it was the centre of political and religious life in the Middle Ages. If the Duomo is the religious symbol of San Gimignano, the Palazzo del Popolo represents his civic symbol. Together, a few meters from each other, they form the unique architectural group of the Cathedral Square. The most imposing building is the Collegiata, it is at the centre, overpowering the piazza with its bulk as it sits on high atop a stairway. Exactly opposite is the Palazzo Vecchio del Podestà with the Torre Rognosa and the Torre Chigi alongside. The Collegiata, also know as the Duomo, gives its name to the piazza and has been there since the 11th century. In the first half of the 13th century, during the period of greatest economic prosperity, the piazza assumed the appearance it still has today. The main public buildings were built here, and the façade of the Duomo was rotated to face the Palazzo Vecchio del Podestà. It is a brick, trapezoid-shaped space with a slight slope, adding to the wonder of those who upon entering find themselves all of a sudden at the centre of the Middle Ages. Three important medieval buildings face one another here: On the north side, projecting up into the sky, are the Torri Gemelle dei Salvucci. On the opposite side is the Palazzo Nuovo del Podestà with the Loggia del Comune. Beside it is the massive Torre Grossa.
Written September 3, 2020
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Jake23
New Jersey6,523 contributions
Aug 2021
The piazza is beautiful and has great atmosphere. There are people, shops, and beautiful views anywhere you look. It is a must see in San Gimignano.
Written August 6, 2021
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Michael Hausmann( Insta:mikestravelbook)
Neuchâtel, Switzerland673 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
This piazza is directly next to the tower end church entry. Less animated then city cener though but still full with tourists
Written April 25, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

FRANCIS D
Fuengirola, Spain27 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
The Duomo is in the exact center of San Gimignano, just around the corner from Dondoli, the world champion gelato shop and Ricca pizza a hole-in-the-wall place that has excellent take out pizza. Grab a cone or buy a piece then sit down on the steps of the Duomo and watch the world go by.
Written May 3, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

graham c
Cambridge, UK986 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is an excellent location to visit in San Gimignano. Just of the main square area. The Church is a lively old building. The steps rise up in front making the building look imposing. There are many old buildings here including the local Council offices. Many different shops and bar, cafes adorn this part of the town. You have quite a climb up hill in all directions to reach the area.
Written September 2, 2019
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
Jun 2019
It wasn't hard to decide how many points should I give this place since I gave five to the whole town. Every corner, every building, every stone is an attraction, and Piazza del Duomo isn't an exception. The Duomo, the Palazzo Delle Communale, and the streets are leading you to see new miracles.
The Piazza has two faces. While tourists are busily walking to see as much as possible, locals are sitting and chatting on a bench. San Gimignano was one of the biggest presents to me while touring in Tuscany.
Written September 2, 2019
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worldreporter
Burlington, Canada65 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Pleasant small piazza adjacent to the Duomo church. The church has a plain exterior but a sensational frescoed interior
Written May 7, 2019
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John B
Brussels, Belgium348 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This church (or cathedral) doesn’t look very interesting from the outside, but it’s well worth buying the ticket to visit as the ceiling and walls are beautifully painted. The ceiling is blue with stars, the walls covered in frescoes which tell various stories form the old and new testaments. It’s amazing to see such bright colours, and to know that the figures probably represent people living in the medieval period in the area.
Written April 14, 2019
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