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  • Day14

    Ristorante Bel Soggiorno, San Gimignano

    December 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    After a leisurely morning we decided on a later lunch in one of the nice restaurants in town, Ristorante Bel Soggiorno. And it is a beautiful restaurant with its sweeping views of the Tuscan hills. Unfortunately we were not early enough to grab a window seat but with its huge glass windows everyone got to enjoy the view.

    For lunch I had a very delicious risotto with pumpkin and field mushrooms, and Brad had suckling boar with roast potatoes which he absolutely loved. And we shared a very silky panna cotta with strawberries and mint. It was a fabulous lunch and a great way to spend a quiet day in town. We wandered (rolled) back to our room feeling very full and content.
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  • Day14

    San Gimignano

    December 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    After our siesta that we desperately needed, we headed out once more for our last walk around this beautiful town. Surprisingly it doesn’t feel as cold as it is and it was lovely being able to stroll the almost empty streets one last time.

    We had planned on having our last San Gimignano gelato and were very surprised to find our two favourite shops were already shut for the night. We decided to have a gelato from one of the cafes instead and it was nothing like the ‘real’ ones we had previously enjoyed.

    We walked to the town entrance and back, admiring the Christmas lights strung across the lanes and piazzas. It is starting to feel like Christmas and the locals are getting into the spirit of it too. While I love some of the elegant Christmas displays the stuffed wild boar and boar heads dressed in a Santa suits or with added reindeer antlers do give me a giggle. To start with who would think having a stuffed boar as your window display would entice people in, let alone one dressed as Santa. Very funny indeed.
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  • Day13

    San Gimignano 1300

    December 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Now that we have explored and visited the bigger sites in town, today we decided to check out the San Gimignano 1300 museum. Created by Michelangelo and Raffaello Urbino and a team of artisans and historians, San Gimignano 1300 is a large and very detailed miniature reconstruction of medieval San Gimignano made out of ceramics. Based on how the town would have appeared in the year 1300, the city was at the height of its development and the display shows its 72 towers.

    Photographs do not really show the level of detail of this 1:100 scale reproduction. The miniature reproduction is completely made in clay, baked one time and then painted using natural pigments. Over a ton of clay from nearby Montelupo was used to create this work of art. Countless hours of intense historical, architectural and technical research was involved before actual construction could begin, a project that required over 20,000 hours of work by several ceramic artists.

    As stated on their website “ San Gimignano 1300 is a museum, an exhibition, a journey through time, it is art, history, research, it is a magical vision of towers, squares, palaces, of shops, of people, of faith, it is the instinct to do, to build , learning is hard work, it's hard work, it's joy and memories, it's the desire to exalt this incredible medieval city, a living testimony of tradition, culture and civilization.

    San Gimignano 1300 is dedicated to San Gimignano and its inhabitants, to Tuscany, to Unesco, to all its friends in the world and above all to those who always look upwards.”
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  • Day6

    Chauffeured around Tuscany

    November 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    3rd and final stop is San Gimignano 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.
    It also sells the best ice cream in the world.....or so their sign says 🍦🍦🍦🍦
    Not to mention the wettest rain in the world as well!!! 🌧🌧🌂☂️☔☔☔☔☔🌧🌧
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  • Day9

    19.07.2019: San Gimignano

    July 19, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Am Vormittag haben wir einen kleinen Ausflug in die gern von Touristen besuchte Stadt gemacht. Die Verkehrsverhältnisse waren etwas anstrengend und die Parkplatzsuche gestaltete sich schwierig.
    Der Besuch der mittelalterlichen Stadt mit ihren gut erhaltenen Türmen hat uns dennoch Freude bereitet.

    Den schönen Sonnenuntergang haben wir beim Abendessen bei uns in Anlage genossen.
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  • Day14

    Zehnte Etappe

    March 9, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Im Ort wunderten wir uns dann, dass uns die Rad-Route plötzlich in einen Tunnel navigierte. Umso mehr waren wir überrascht, dass es am Ende einen Aufzug gab, der uns dann 40 Meter hoch in die Altstadt brachte 😜.Read more

  • Day30

    San Gimignano (IT)

    August 6, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Back on the bike again today after being spoilt rotten by Morris & Jenny in Lucca. Going to miss the company, good food, cold beers, and most definitely the swimming pool !

    Set off fairly earlier and headed towards the heart of Tuscany.  Undulating route today with a few climbs of around 10° that tested the legs. By 2pm the heat really begins to take it's toll.Read more

  • Day148

    San Gimignano II

    March 24, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Town of a thousand tourist shops. Most seemed pretty high quality. Fortunately I already purchased my 11 euro sweater so I didn't have to fork out 200 for a fancy one here.

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