Moronti Ciotta Towers and Palazzo (X-XIII Century)
Palazzo Moronti Ciotta is located in the most ancient core of the “city” of San Gimignano, and the external part of its perimeter incorporates a piece of the first and more ancient walls. The architectural complex is formed by various organisms of different ages, in that was expanded the use of private residence culminated in the unifying episode of the cloister (about 1280).
In its circuit with castle features is included a romanesque church of the XI century, two towers (one made of stone and one made of bricks, visible on the facade) and part of the primitive fortifications of the original “Castello di San Gimignano” (IX-X century) that gives the name to the road.
On one of these most ancient cores, corresponding to the period of the biggest glory of the city, they juxtaposed, especially in the court, elements dating back XVI-XVII century, period in which the palace passed from the ancient Moronti family to the Ciotta family, probably from Spain. Often particularly ingenious overlays, that contribute to give this court an articulated and almost theatrical appearance. Palazzo Moronti Ciotta represents an unique case, in San Gimignano, of unchanged and intact residence for centuries, and inasmuch this is considerate a structure of highest historic-artistic interest.Its restorations in fact, started in the ‘80s, are performed under the direct control of the Siena’s Superintendence, that has partly contributed. A big pulse was given in this sense by the previous owner, Grazia Maria Lolli Ciotta, an extraordinary art historian, restorer and painter, who discovered and refunded lots of pictorial and architectural elements in the palace, too.