Head next to San Gimignano’s Palazzo Comunale, the historic seat of the town’s local government. Built between 1289 and 1298, the Palazzo is a treasure trove, full of magnificent artworks spread between several different rooms. The Sala di Dante houses Lippo Memmi’s fresco "Maestà" (Majesty), and is where the legendary poet addressed the town’s council in 1299.
There are more frescoes to be admired upstairs in the Camera del Podestà (Mayor’s bedroom), while the pinacoteca (picture gallery) holds outstanding works by Siennese and Florentine painters including Filippino Lippi and Pinturicchio. Attached to the Palazzo Comunale is the Torre Grossa, the tallest of San Gimignano’s medieval towers. The town nowadays has only fourteen of its original seventy-five towers, which were built in the 13th and 14th centuries as displays of wealth amongst rival aristocratic families. The Torre Grossa stands at a height of fifty-four metres, and at the top offers panoramic views over the tiled roofs of San Gimignano and the gorgeous Tuscan countryside all around. Take a walk up the 218 steps and you won’t be disappointed!