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3. San Gimignano, Tuscany


by Wayne R. Wright

Our Hotel
Our Hotel

Thursday, October 3 – I figured about 5 hours to drive to San Gimignano but the GPS put is in by 4.5 hours, a long ride either way. GPS took the main highways and it looked a little out of the way but the highways go up to 130km, about 85-90mph. There were tons of trucks and construction but we made it with the only stop for gas. Arrived at San Gimignano about 2:40pm. The cheapest parking lot is a distance away and the closer you get to the city, the more Euro it is. Checked into La Cisterna, a small hotel in the center square. Unpacked and explored the old city. Dinner was a cheese plate and biera. Didn’t plan it that way, but that snack was enough.


Well Preserved
Well Preserved

Friday, October 4 – San Gimignano was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and is very well preserved. It is in the Tuscany region of Italy. The tourist office had what they call the treasure hunt where you get clues to find certain, land marks, etc. It was a great way to learn about the history of the town. We didn’t find all of the items but that was okay. There were a lot of gelato places but there was always a line at this one spot. (Kind of like Macks in OC, NJ.) Turns out, this guy was named World Gelato Champion from 2006-2009. Dinner was at a small brick restaurant that could seat maybe 20 guests. Dinner was great. Wild boar is served most places here so I had to try it, excellent.


Morning mist from oour room
Morning mist from oour room

Saturday, October 5 – Woke up to a rainy day, and boy, did it rain. The only thing planned for the day was a wine tasting at noon. We left in plenty of time to walk but took a wrong turn. We got there but we were very wet. It did not spoil the wine tasting. Sneakers and bottom of pants were soaked but we discovered a Laundromat during the treasure hunt. Off we go to do some washing and drying of clothes. This is where we found another small restaurant. Had boar again. Most all of the wine in Italy is good but the bottle of wine here was the best so far. A little pricey but was worth it. Bottle #5,019 of 8,650 produced by Cesani Winery in San G., it was a 2007 Cellori Rosso.


Sunday, October 6 – Up really early, eat, finish packing and take the car from San Gimignano to drop it off in Florence.