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San Gimignano

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  • Day13

    Day 13b. San Gimignano.

    August 17, 2019 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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  • 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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  • Day176

    Das Manhattan des Mittelalters

    March 5, 2019 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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  • Day10

    Day 10 - Sun, Apr 28 - Tuscany Towns

    April 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    On the dot of 9:00 a.m., we headed off to visit three lovely Tuscan towns - San Gimignano, Volterra and Pisa. We wound our way up and down roads through the green, green countryside. Before we actually got to San Gimignano, Simone took us down a narrow country lane so that we could get a view of the the town from outside the walls. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of 14 of its tower houses (incredible considering wars, catastrophes, and urban renewal trends), which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls, form "an unforgettable skyline”. Unforgettable sums it up perfectly. The "Historic Centre of San Gimignano" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Piazza della Cisterna is the main square of the town. It is triangular in shape and is surrounded by medieval houses of different dates, among them some fine examples of Romanesque and Gothic palazzos. At the centre of the piazza stands a well which was the main source of water for the town's residents. The structure dates from 1346.

    The town is full of small shops selling a wide variety of goods - souvenirs, fine wines, clothing, shoes and fabulous leather goods. We walked all over the town, enjoying the beautiful view and sampling more gelato - a triple cone of salted caramel, chocolate and creme brulée. We are going to have to keep walking to reduce the damage from that kind of decadence!

    Promptly on time, we rendezvoused with Simone - parking is a premium in these small towns - so he does a “scoop-and-run” maneuver - he stops for just a minute; we pile in; he pulls away - we have it down to a science now. We wound our way through more of the beautiful Tuscan countryside to the town of Volterra. It too is walled mountaintop town. Its history dates from before the 8th century BC and it has substantial structures from the Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval periods. The huge attraction here, besides the gorgeous views, is alabaster. It is a calcareous substance mined in the surrounding area that has been widely used for millennia since the Etruscan craftsmen carved it to obtain urns to keep the ashes of their dead. The large natural deposits of alabaster in its surroundings are considered one of the most precious around the world given its particular compactness, transparency, veins and hardness.

    The shops are full of many of the same kinds of goods as in San Gimignano, but with the addition of beautiful alabaster goods - jewelry, vases, tiny animals, chessboards and on and on. It’s mesmerizing to look at it all - such fabulous artisanship.

    Another scoop-and-run at the bus station. Next destination - Pisa, famous for its tower. The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral, known worldwide for its nearly four-degree lean, the result of an unstable foundation. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city's Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry. The tower's tilt began during construction in the 12th century, due to soft ground on one side, which was unable to properly support the structure's weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed in the 14th century. It gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

    Standing in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architecture – the cathedral, the baptistry, the campanile (the 'Leaning Tower') and the cemetery – had a great influence on monumental art in Italy from the 11th to the 14th century. The Piazza del Duomo is another UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Some members of our intrepid group wanted to climb that almost 300 steps to the top of the tower, but the next available bookings were almost two hours later, well past our designated pick up time.

    Thankfully, the rain that had threatened at all three stops failed to find us, making for another excellent tourist day. Rain finally did appear on the drive to our last stop of the day - a farm and winery where we had yet another 4-course dinner with wonderfully fresh authentic Tuscan ingredients and wines made right there on the farm. It was a very quiet ride back to Florence - we were all tired and very full!

    Our destination for tomorrow is Venice, the City of Canals.
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  • Day7

    17.07.2019: San Gimignano

    July 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Auf dem Weg von Florenz zu unserer neuen Unterkunft bei San Gimignano sind wir endlich in der typischen Hügellandschaft der Toskana angekommen.

    Die Agriturismo Mormoraia ist eine komfortable Ferienanlage inmitten von Weinbergen und Olivenhainen und liegt in etwa vier Kilometer von San Gimignano entfernt. Die charakteristische Skyline der Stadt ist von hier aus gut zu sehen. Die Anlage verfügt über einen großzügigen Pool und eine Sonnenterrasse mit Sonnenschirmen, Liegen und Liegestühlen. In dem hauseigenen Ristorante werden die Feriengäste versorgt. Auch wir haben uns bereits für die nächsten Tage zum Abendessen angemeldet.Read more

  • 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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  • Day10

    20.07.2019: Relaxen auf Mormoraia

    July 20, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Heute ist schon unser letzter Tag auf Mormoraia. Die schöne Anlage inmitten der Weinreben und Olivenbäume haben wir in den vergangenen vier Tagen richtig genossen. Die Erfrischung im großzügigen Pool haben wir nochmals richtig ausgekostet. Am Nachmittag werden wir noch eine kleine Wein- und Ölbestellung aufgeben und uns am Abend dann von der guten Küche verabschieden.

    Aber der nächste Halt in La Spezia lässt ja auch viel Gutes erwarten!
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  • Day4

    Die Stadt der Türme

    April 23, 2019 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, 2019 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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  • Day5

    Toskana Highlights

    June 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Wir haben sehr viel Spaß mit dem Modus jeden Tag neu zu entscheiden, wo es lang geht. Also sind wir heute erstmal nach Westen nach Sienna auf einen Kaffee gefahren. Dann ging es weiter nach Norden nach San Gimignano.

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