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Main monuments to visit

-The Palazzo del Popolo: built at the end of the 13th century, was enlarged in the 14th century and remodelled in the 19th century. The beautiful Palazzo houses “The Civic Museum”. The “Sala di Dante”, among other remarkable art works, hosts the impressing frescoed “Maestà”, by Lippo Memmi (1317). Other halls are keeping an important collection of artworks like the “Madonna with Saints Gregory and Benedict” by Pinturicchio (1511); “San Gimignano and his Miracles” by Taddeo di Bartolo; the Memmo di Filipucci ‘s masterpiece (early 14th century): a frescoes cycle representing the “Wedding Scene”; a splendid Crucifix by Coppo di Marcovaldo and two rare circular paintings by Filippino Lippi.

- The Collegiata (Cathedral): coming back from the 12th century it is considered one of the religious sites with most frescoes from the Renaissance in Italy. Its wonderful interior has three naves separated by an unusual blue and white band of colours arches and white pillars. The blue vaulted ceiling is spotted with gold stars. The most relevant frescoes covering its walls are: the 26 episodes from the Old Testament by Bartolo di Fredi (14th century); some scenes from Jesus life by Lippo Memmi (14th century); the scenes from The Last Judgment by Taddeo di Bartolo (14th century). The walls of the small Chapel of S. Fina are entirely covered with a Ghirlandaio’s frescoes cycle (15th century) representing the Saint’s life. In the Loggia to the Baptistry, Ghirlandaio painted also a marvellous frescoed “Annunciation”.

- The Church of S. Agostino: is a Romanesque church built up at the ending of the 13th century. Its amazing interior was completely restored in the 18th century by the great Neapolitan engineer and architect Luigi Vanvitelli, who was the chief architect of King Charles VII of Naples, beautifying it into a rich Rococo style. It hosts some masterpieces like the “Coronation of the Virgin” by Piero del Pollaiulo (15th century); a cycle of frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli (15th century) representing “The life of S. Agostino”.

The Chapel of S. Bartolo has a marvellous marble altar by Benedetto da Maiano (15th century). Its engraved bas-relief is representing S. Bartolo’s miracles, ornamented by graceful angels and a big medallion with the Virgin and Child.

Main Towns of Chianti

Badia a Passignano, Barberino val d' Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castello di Brolio, Castello di Gabbiano, Castello di Meleto, Certaldo, Colle Val D' Elsa, Greve in Chianti, Monteriggioni, Mercatale Val di Pesa, Panzano in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignano, Tavernelle Val di Pesa, Badia a Coltibuono.

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