The fortress of Montestaffoli is located in the historic centre of San Gimignano and it can be reached by crossing Piazza delle Erbe. It was built by the Florentines in the 14th century and had a pentagonal shape with towers in the corners. The tip of the trapezoid is the only part of the fortress outside the city walls, while one of the two square towers is still accessible and, from it, you can enjoy a splendid view.
The fortress was dismantled by Cosimo I in 1555 and remained in a state of neglect for centuries. Since 1978, it has been owned by the Municipal Authority, which has created the Rocca public park there, where contemporary art installations are placed and events and summer open-air cinema are held.
The Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Museum is located in front of Villa Guicciardini.