San Gimignano was totally charming. It’s sort of the “New York Skyline” of Tuscany, with its many towers atop a hill. Unfortunately, we never had a chance to be somewhere to get a good photo of the town from a distance, so click here or here to see it. Evidently the towers were mostly just one-upmanship by the wealthy medieval families. You know the old “my tower’s bigger than your tower” routine.
We stopped at Pluripremiata Gelateria, which had a sign that said it was the Gelato World Champion of 2006/7 and 2008/9. The gelato was great of course, but we all actually preferred the gelato at the shop in Montecatini by the train station. (That place had a bunch of trophies in a case, so obviously other people must like it too.)
If you’ve seen “Tea with Mussolini“, part of it was filmed here.
The view from town, and especially from the towers, is fantastic – you get a huge panorama of Tuscany. The glory of this town isn’t in spectacular cathedrals or fabulous museums – it’s in the interesting streets or plants or frescoes; or the way greenery would tumble over the ancient walls. Just little gems that you’d spot here and there as you wander the streets.
So I’ll just leave you with a gallery of photos.
|San Gimignano||Frescoes||The wall around San Gimignano|
|View of Tuscany||Fresco over an arch||One of the main squares|
|San Gimignano||One of many ceramics shops||San Gimignano|
|View of Tuscany||Flowers||View of Tuscany|