The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of San Miniato, in Piazza del Duomo, was one of the first diocesan museums in Italy. The exhibition is set in the premises that previously housed the sacristies of the church of Santa Maria Assunta and San Genesio.
The five exhibition rooms show arund 50 works of art coming from parish churches in the area. Arranged chronologically from the 13th until the 19th centuries, they include sections removed from frescoes, wooden panels, bas-reliefs, wooden statues, bronze crosses, ceramic basins, canvases and a model of the nearby Church of SS. Crocifisso.
The bell tower is called Torre di Matilde. Today it can be visited and from the top you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view. According to tradition, the Countess Matilde di Canossa was born in the opposite Palazzo Dei Vicari, owing its name to be the residence of the Vicars of the Emperor, those who controlled and administered the city. Close to it, the Bishops Palace, built around the 13th century and much renovated in the time. Today it is still the residence of the Bishop of San Miniato .
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