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San Gimignano

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  • Day14

    Tuscany

    August 19 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    The weather is amazing as is the location. Truly spoilt in this beautiful place.

    In the morning we went and found a laundry and washed our ever growing bag of dirty clothes, bought some food and then headed off in the car for an adventure.

    We headed to Cecina which is on the coast going through amazing villages and fantastic scenery. Arrived at Cecina and it was not the quiet little town I remembered! Firstly we found an Italian Aldi store which was amazing. Found a couple of beach towels and bits and pieces, then headed down to the beach. Absolutely packed beaches with umbrellas as far as the eye can see.

    We then drove on down the coast to San Vincenzo where we were looking forward to a seafood pasta, but no luck we arrived too late and the kitchen was closed, so we shared a kebab instead!

    On we drove and that’s when the fun began! We only had offline Google maps that had trouble keeping track of where we were. We found a gorgeous village called Rocca Strada which had lots of housed built into the side of the rock with narrow windy streets. Best part was we were the only tourists there!

    On we drove heading for Siena, where we took so many wrong turns and one time ended up going under a bridge that we were supposed to be going over! No we didn’t kill each other but it was getting pretty tense and in the ended we skipped stopping in Siena and we both agreed never again without a online map!

    Drove on and muddled our way back to San Gimi where we stopped finally at a local Pizzeria as Pete was desperate for an Italian pizza and I had seafood risotto to make up for missing out during the day. We were happy to finally be at home and we will remember the adventure of getting lost in Tuscany for years to come! Pete finished the day with Limoncello!
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  • Day13

    Getting to San Gimignano

    August 18 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    So what a drama!! We had paid for a hire car to pick up in Florence from Hertz. After finally finding the office, we waited and waited to be served. Finally we were told to go across the road to pick up the car. Ha ha that was a joke. We wanted to change the driver to me and all of a sudden we were told they would not honour our reservation. So here we were in Florence with no way of getting to our next stop. So I said to Pete, no stress it’s part of the adventure 😂😂😂

    We ended up at Budget, with the same paperwork and within 10 minutes we were on our way with a car. Lesson - don’t hire with Hertz, absolutely no customer care and would not help!

    Anyway we got over that eventually and found our way back to the BnB and picked up our luggage and set off for San Gimi. My favourite place! The driving was pretty good, I just need help remembering my left and right. Pretty important when driving on the other side of the road!

    Our BnB is amazing and we spent some time exploring San Gimi till the heat got to me and also the drive i think. We went back to the BnB with our snacks and had a swim and a yummy dinner. So nice to be in the county side!
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  • Day12

    On to Italy

    August 17 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    A full on day of train travel today, with us sadly leaving Nice at 7:40am. Then onto Milan where we ended up have a burger at Burger King as we didn’t have enough time to leave the station for real food! The trains were amazing and we had business class which gave us free snacks and drinks! After a long day on trains we finally arrived in Florence at 5.00pm and had no internet, which meant no Google maps to find our way! Lesson learnt - download map when you have wifi so you can use it offline!, so thank goodness for MacDonalds where you get free wifi eve if you don’t eat there! We downloaded our map and headed off for a 20 minute walk to our BnB which turned out to be lovely once we found it!

    We freshened up and then headed out to explore Florence albeit it briefly and wandered along and found the Ponte De Vecchio in time for the sunset. Found a great place for dinner and the wine was wonderful. Great finish to a tiring day.
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  • Day54

    San Gimignano

    July 8 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The village of San Gimignano is a must for any serious traveler in Tuscany. It's claim to fame is it's tall towers that can be seen for miles around and from which those living inside it's walls could monitor movements from afar. We stopped for a quick lunch there and an icecream on our way to the Cinque Terra. Here are some photos of our brief visit.Read more

  • Day16

    Onto Venice

    August 21 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    After a lovely breakfast on the terrace we headed off in the car back to Florence to drop off the hire car.it was an easy drive with Google maps until we realised our offline map had sent us to a bridge that was closed! Lucky we had internet so we quickly recalculated and managed to get the car back with incurring any traffic fines, we hope.

    Made it onto our train and had a relaxing couple of hours speeding towards Venice. When we arrived the clever accommodation booker (Pete) had found us a hotel that only had one bridge to climb to reach our hotel. Mind you we had four flights of narrow stairs to make it to our room, but the lovely staff carried our bags for us.

    After a quick refresh we headed out to explore Venice and marvel at the beautiful buildings and canals. We were going to do a go dale ride but 100 euros about $180 made us think twice. Still we found a lovely place to stop for refreshments, but had some pretty average food. We went back for our afternoon siesta which was much needed!

    We decided to stay close to the hotel for dinner and found a lovely little restaurant on a canal. Weather was a bit cooler with quite a bit of wind, but quite refreshing after the previous hot days. Sooooo many tourists it makes it hard to walk the streets during the day but easier at night so we did more wandering until we were well and truly exhausted. More exploring tomorrow.
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  • Day13

    Day 13b. San Gimignano.

    August 17 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    San Gimignano’s history of first relevant settlements date back to the archaic Etruscan period and the foundation of dates back to ancient times. According to legend, in 63 B.C. two brothers, Muzio and Silvio, two young patricians escaping from Rome after their implication in the conspiracy of Catiline, sheltered in Valdelsa and built two castles: the Castle of Mucchio and the Castle of Silvia, which would develop in the future into San Gimignano.
    San Gimignano rises on top of a hill 334m above sea level, clearly visible in the distance with its many towers. Today 13 towers remain of the 72 towers of the fourteenth century, when every well off family built a tower to show its economical power (many of them are still visible in the buildings, even if they were cut off).
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  • Day10

    Départ de la Spezia vers San Gimignano

    October 12 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Aujourd’hui nous avons visité deux belles villes fortifiées soit Volterra et San Gimignano. La route pour ce rendre à nos destinations non pas été facile avec des lacets et des courbes incroyable. Alors j’ai du ajuster ma conduite pour calmer mon amour....lol. Tout de même les paysages étaient formidable les vignes les oiliveraies et les montagnes.
    Encore une fois la ville de Volterra était tout près du ciel à entendre Diane dans l’auto avec ces commentaires on monte on monte encore et encore...lol. Vous allez pouvoir constater l’aspect médiéval du village. Les villes sont fermées au public en auto alors les stationnements ne sont pas facile à trouver mais la Diane en a trouvé un.

    Entre Voltera la route n’ a pas été plus facile la pauvre diane avec Google maps tourne à gauche dans 500 mètre s prendre la 3 ieme sortie au rond pont ect...etc... Elle a été pas mal occupé tout au long du trajet hors des autoroutes. Rendu à San Gimignano on a trouvé notre hôtel à l’intérieur des murs alors nous avons du transporter nos bagages légers que Diane avait préparé pour se rendre à l’hôtel et s’enregistrer. Quel beau village aussi à l’allure médiévale incroyable. Nous avons parcourus les rues à la recherche d’ un resto et de voir la culture de la région. Des magasin de fromage saucisson et vin à en prendre le souffle comme vous allez voir sur les photos.

    Le soir pour souper nous avons demandé au concierge de l’hotel où il amènerait sa copine souper dans le meilleur resto de San Gimignano alors île nous a suggéré un resto incroyable sur le bord d’une falaise à pied ou la nourriture a été sublime et le vin blanc savoureux. On pourrait qualifier le souper d’amoureux délicieux et savoureux à la leur de la lune comme dans les vus....lol

    Une journée remplie de surprise et de bonheur.

    Demain nous visiterons le vignoble Antinori et on se rendra à Florence pour deux jours. Le voyage continue sous Le Soleil et la chaleur de la Toscane.

    Daniel L’Aventurier
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  • Day176

    Das Manhattan des Mittelalters

    March 5 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    Der heutige Tagesausflug führte uns nach San Gimignano, welches wegen seiner vielen Türme auch Manhattan des Mittelalters genannt wird.

    Schon beim kurzen Spaziergang vom Parkplatz in den Ortskern offenbarte sich uns ein toller Ausblick auf die "Skyline". Von den früher ca. 70 Türmen sind allerdings nur noch 13 vorhanden.

    Unser weiterer Spaziergang für uns einmal quer durch das super süße Örtchen über den Zisternenplatz und den Domplatz bis an das nördliche Ende und die katholische Kirche.

    Natürlich durften wir uns auch eine Kugel Eis vom Eisweltmeister Mitte der 2000er nicht entgehen lassen. Aber nicht ohne den Magen erstmal mit ein paar Stücken Pizza auf dem Boden in der Sonne zu weiten. Ja es dreht sich so einiges ums Essen.

    Wieder zurück in unserer Ferienwohnung ging es auch schon weiter mit dem Essen. Denn die Sonne lud mal wieder zum Kaffeetrinken ein.

    Den restlichen Abend verbrachten wir mit Karten spielen und quatschen.
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  • Day4

    Die Stadt der Türme

    April 23 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Trotz leichtem Regen erlagen wir der Schönheit der mittelalterlichen Kleinstadt, San Gimignano.

    Hügel für Hügel erklommen wir die Stadt und machten uns auf diese von allen Seiten zu erkundigen. Die kleinen Gassen luden zum Verweilen ein und auch der Regen ließ bald nach...

  • Day4

    Torre Grossa und Game of Thrones

    April 23 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Da uns die Hügel noch nicht hoch genug waren müssten wir noch auf den Hauptturm der Stadt, dem Torre Grossa.

    1310 erbaut überlebte der Turm so manche Belagerung und so manchen Krieg... Das "Leben" des Turms und somit der Stadt würde eindrucksvoll in einem Film, welcher in der Mitte des Turmaufgangs hing, im Stil des Game of Thrones Trailers gezeigt.

    Der Aufstieg über die 218 Stufen wurde durch eine wunderbare Sicht über die Stadt belohnt.
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San Gimignano, סן ג'ימיניאנו, サン・ジミニャーノ

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