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Spezieria of Santa Fina in San Gimignano


The ancient laboratory for producing medicine makes up part of the museum centre of the former Santa Chiara Conservatory

The Spezieria of Santa Fina in San Gimignano is part of a large exhibition centre found inside the former Santa Chiara Conservatory.

Located on the first floor, the Spezieria of Santa Fina, annexed in 1253 to the hospital of the same name, was organised in two adjoined rooms including a “workshop” and a “laboratory” for producing medicine for the hospital.

The exhibition displays a careful recovery of furnishings and decor from the ancient health institutes in the city: different examples of locally-produced vitreous forms dating to between the end of the 1500s and the 1700s are on display, as well as valuable pharmaceutical vases from the 15th to 17th centuries, which have conserved the medical substances that were used for the preparation of drugs, which still affect visitors with their beneficial aromas.

Among the Civic Museums of San Gimignano, in addition to the Spezieria, the Archaeological Museum and the "Raffaele De Grada" Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art are certainly worth a visit.


The museum is temporarily closed.