San Gimignano 1300 is not just a museum it is an EXPERIENCE! Storyboards, multi-media exhibits, street scenes, and a ceramic recreation of the city as it existed in 1300, are just a few of the exhibits that make this a “must see” family event. Together with state of the art lighting and sound, the museum brings to life what hasn’t existed for over 700 years! The Museum is the culmination of the vision of two Master Artists, Michelangelo and Raffaello Rubino who, together with a team of artisans and historians, have faithfully recreated San Gimignano as it once existed. At San Gimignano 1300 you will learn, among other things, why most of the 72 towers collapsed and discover why the Via Francigena was so important to the city’s growth. Come and visit our historic facility and be amazed by what was recently described as a “masterpiece of human achievement”.
Even during the production and staging of the exhibits SanGimignano1300 became an important destination by attracting and amazing visitors from around the world. In a very short time, SanGimignano1300 has achieved a prominent position among the City’s most important attractions. It is our sincere hope that this immense artistic initiative will encourage similar projects and ultimately add value to the already rich cultural and educational fabric of the Tuscan region.
When you visit the museum, everything you see and experience was done entirely by hand. The production, staging and completion of each exhibit took place “on premises”.
The exhibited works represent the culmination of more than 20,000 man hours of work and a lifetime of artistic experience.
Michelangelo and Raffaello Rubino are the artists who designed, conceptualized and helped realize SanGimignano1300.
Coming from an artistic family, they trained artistically and technically in the workshop of their father Sergio Rubino. In their early age, they experimented with alternative ceramic forms and the integration of various mediums, including metal and wood. In 1993 they established the “Village Studio” in New York City, which after just one year exhibited its creations in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Universal Studios, and a variety of Galleries throughout the United States. In 1996 the brothers were chosen to recreate the entire Island of Capri in ceramic.
This is a monumental work, exhibited in the Commune of Anacapri,and is seen and admired by millions of visitors each year. During the following years, still in United States, the Rubino brothers founded RaMi Design and realized some prestigious and complex projects that drew on their unparalleled creativity and included furniture and award winning interior design.
In 2006, the brothers moved to San Gimignano where the City’s history, culture, and architecture inspired their vision to create SanGimignano 1300.
- January & February 10.00am – 5.00pm
- May-November 10.00am – 6.00pm
The Museum is completely accessible to disabled visitors
Official Website: www.sangimignano1300.com
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