The complex of the former Conservatorio of Santa Chiara, the product of successive additions built between the 17th and 19th centuries, stands in Via Folgore da San Gimignano and is divided onto two floors: the lower floor currently houses the Archeological Museum. Boasting a large collection of artifacts discovered around San Gimignano, the Museum traces the history of the area from the archaic Etruscan period up to the 18th century, focusing in particular on topics regarding distribution and forms of settlement, and the organization and techniques used in the production of ceramics and glass. It also illustrates how an Etruscan bread oven worked and gives examples of the range of utensils used in a medieval dining-room and kitchen.
The material from the “Spezieria dello Spedale di Santa Fina “, one of the largest pharmacies in the city founded in the mid 13th century, is also exhibited on the same floor.
The exhibition, which is evocatively displayed, reproduces the layout and original scents of the pharmacy, one of the oldest in Tuscany. It is divided into the “kitchen “, where the remedies were prepared, and the “bottega” where the products were sold. All the products were stored in extremely good quality ceramic and glass vases dating back to the period between the 15th and 18th centuries. Many ancient medicinal preparations are also exhibited, like scorpion oil, as well as some of the components used to prepare the remedies, like mandrake or precious gems.
S. Gimignano – Archeological Museum “Spezieria di S. Fina” Via Folgóre da San Gimignano, 11
from 1. January – 31. December: 11am – 6pm
25 December (closed)
1 January: 12.30am – 5.30 pm
Full price ticket: € 3.50
Reduced price ticket: € 2.50
Combined Ticket for all Civic Museums :
Full price combined ticket: € 7.50
Reduced price combined ticket: € 5.50
Reduced price ticket:
Children from 6 to 17 years old
People over 65 years old –
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