The medieval villages

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Another train ride, another town! My impression of Tuscany before I came was rolling hills filled with vineyards, olive groves, and great Tuscan food! This is true, but you also can't go more than a few KM's without finding another medieval town. I stayed just 2 nights in Siena, it was easier than trying to do day trips from San Giovanni. Next time in Tuscany I must rent a car!

Siena is a fair size but has a smaller historic centre. I spent the first day wandering there, and the second day in San Gimingnano. This is a much smaller walled medieval town about an hour away by bus. I have to say it is one of the most picturesque places I've visited! You enter through the main gate, and it is like steppping back in time. The walls rise about above you, and the cobbled road before you, it feels like another world. There are so many beautiful buildings, narrow passageways, cute shops, and stoned towers overhead.

It's perched on a hill overlooking vineyards and farm land in all directions. You can wander along a dirt path that follows the outside of the wall, and just a few feet below you people are hard at work on their farms. It is also one of the first places I have come across that had a great selection of locally produced items, such as wine, olive oil, olive wood products, Limoncello....if I didn't have to carry everything on my back I'd have bought up a storm! It was a gorgeous sunny day, and I wandered for hours. I highly recommend a stop if you are in the area (sound familiar?).
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