San Gimignano is an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. It has a skyline of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel.
When planning this trip Jan had always mentioned he wanted to go to San Gimignano, as he had been there when he was a kid, but remembered it was beautiful and that he loved it. Seeing as we have very limited time, and we both had seen Florence already, we decided to take a day trip out to visit it, and boy! I certainly wasn’t disappointed!
There are 7 towers around the tiny town, and you can get up the tallest one called Torre Grossa, which gives you a remarkable view of the whole town, plus the beautiful Tuscan valleys.
Getting up the tower you can see a projection that shows you the history and you have to be careful not to hit your head once you reach the top as it is a bit hard to get out of the stairs and onto the tower.
There are various parks around and you can get on the top of some of the fortified walls to enjoy some other nice views.
One of my favorite things was the wisteria flowers all around, which gave me some nice photo ops, and also released a lovely scent when you passed by them.
There are many shops and restaurants, and two gelaterias that claim to offer best the gelato in the world. We decided to do a little experiment and compare them both!
We both had stracciatella (the equivalent of cookies & cream) and they both were 3 Euros for a cone with two scoops. Our second scoops were different so we only compared the stracciatella. Mine was from Gelateria Dondoli and Jan’s was from Gelateria Dell’Olmo. Both tasted similar, almost identical in the vanilla cream part but his stracciatella had bigger chocolate chunks so for me that made it a bit better than mine.
They were both very, very good, though I’m not sure I would call it the best in the world and he agreed with me. We ate them sitting on some steps watching the piazza and then just continued to walk around and explore the lovely medieval town.
Afterward, we had some lunch at The Biscondola Snack Bar terrace, where Jan had a spaghetti bolognaise and I had the best pizza I’ve had on the trip so far, but later I was a bit disappointed to read that someone who reviewed it on Google said the pizza is supermarket bought! So who knows.. At least we had a nice view of one of the largest towers!
Then we explored a bit more, took some more pics and then got lost but kept seeing signs about a Fonti Medievali so we decided to go with it and it was such an amazing site but then we got lost on our way came back to the car! Luckily the town is so small you can go from one side t the other in about 30 minutes. Then we flew the drone and got ready to go to our next destination!
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