Just outside the city walls is the unmissable Collegiate Church of Saints Quirico and Giulitta, a Romanesque building whose first records date back as far as the 8th century. The church has three portals, one of which – facing Siena - is a splendid example of Romanesque design and its decor is a rare example of Lombard style in Tuscany. The first doorway is particularly remarkable and is credited to Giovanni Pisano. Many intriguing works are found inside, under a beautiful trussed ceiling, including an altarpiece by Sano di Pietro, a painter of the 15th century Sienese school.
Next to the Collegiate Church is Palazzo Chigi, a beautiful palace that is today home to the town hall. Continuing along Via Dante Alighieri, you’ll come across the Piazza della Libertà, the heart of San Quirico. Once here it’s worth visiting the Church of San Francesco, also called the Church of the Madonna, which has various Gothic elements. Inside the church is a beautiful Virgin attributed to Andrea della Robbia.
The historic centre of the village is particularly picturesque with its attractive paved streets and beautiful stone fountains. A distinctive part of the village’s history and appearance is its position along the Via Francigena route. It is crossed by Leg 35 that arrives at San Quirico from Ponte d'Arbia and Leg 36 from San Quirico to Radicofani. The importance of this in the town’s history is proven by the Scala Hospital, where hospitality was offered to pilgrims travelling.
It’s also worth visiting the Horti Leonini, a typical Italian Renaissance garden that occupies a large area of public space, which comprises the ancient bastions of the town. Designed around 1540 by Diomede Leoni, the gardens have a beautiful statue of Cosimo III de' Medici in the centre.
Take a visit to the remains of the Torre del Cassero, a historic medieval tower over 39 metres tall, which was unfortunately destroyed during the Second World War.