San Gimignano│A Medieval Town in Tuscany
This place is AN ABSOLUTE GEM, and definitely one of our top five small town visited along our European road trip earlier this year! San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. We stopped here, on the recommendation of our Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring, while driving from Florence to Rome. If we had known what lay ahead of us, we never would have continued onto to Rome that day. That is one of the downsides of pre-booking hotels, and a definitely BIG reason why we tried not to book for more than 2-4 days in advance. Sometimes you come across a place so magical that you just want to stay
a little longer than planned forever!
San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture – and is also known as the Town of Fine Towers. This town is situated on a hilltop and is encircled by walls forming “an unforgettable skyline”. Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The “Historic Centre of San Gimignano”, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Strolling around this medieval town was like stepping into a fairytale story. We wandered through the quiet side streets, marveled at the old buildings, and gazed out at the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
Last week we showed you the delicious Porchetta sandwich that we literally had to count our coins for, because we had left our cash in the car. The car was parked a quite a distance from the Historic centre of San Gimignano. Later this week we will share some of our recommendations on what to do if you ever stop over in this special little spot in north-central Italy. For now, here are some pictures from our time in this incredible Italian town…
After our San Gimignano explorations, we got back into our car and continued on towards Rome. Before leaving, we took a few minutes to re-arrange some of our belongings in the car. This is an integral part of an extended road trip – routine things like clearing out trash, putting on shorts and comfy shoes, and making sure all necessary cord and appliances are within reach. Eli was more than ready to get back into his carseat and watch his shows. That kid is priceless! At this point, we had driven a total of 2037km (the car had less than 1km on the clock when Justin picked it up). Unbelievable, right? Brand-spanking new!
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One more post from San Gimignano coming later this week.