San Gimignano - such a charming town.

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Fred on top of the tower in San Gimignano.

San Gimignano was by far my favorite place to visit and it was only 12 kilometers from where were staying!!!  Fred and I went alone of the first trip there.  The girls opted to spend a day in the pool at the villa.  It was again broiling hot, but I did not care one iota!  This place was so marvelous.  Its in the Sienna area and is so rich with history that you can feel it as you walk through the narrow streets amongst the midieval houses and buildings.  It's incredible!  It reminded me of another Rothenburg, Germany, the famous midieval walled city, only more magnificent.  This town is also full of many museums which of course we had to sample.  The first museum we visited was the Museo Archeologico.  This one was definitely my favorite.

Me by a well in San Gimignano.
  It houses many Etruscan pieces ranging from pottery pieces to funeral urns.  It also contained a middle-ages pharmacy complete with the fragant herbs they used in the different rememdies.  It was interesting to see all the decorative  pottery that contained their prepared medicines.  I also found it fascinating to discover some of the material they used in these medicines.  Items such as scorpion oil, ground metals, dried roots, herbs, sand dollars, and pretty much anything they might thought would be part of a remedy was used.  The leather-bound registry books from the middle-ages were also displayed.  Everything was penned in so incredibly neat and with no mistakes.  They had no White-Out or delete buttons back in those days.
Bird museum in San Gimignano. These bird were collected fromt the late 1800's to the early 1900's.

The next place we decided to visit in this amazing town, was the Museo Civico which had a small museum and then the largest tower in S.G.  The climb up the tower was a little daunting for me since I'm not fond of heights but I was determined and made myself (just like with the climb to the top of Blarney Castle and the elevator ride to the very top of the Eiffel Tower).  It was so worth it too.  The views from up on top were breathtaking.  We took many pictures from here but none of them do the real view justice.  It's so hard to capture the complete picture (just as with the Duomo in Florence).  We spent quite a bit of time up here since it was just so incredible.

After our descent from the tower, we decided to find a place for lunch.  With all the tourist restaurants dotted through that place, we really did get lucky and find a little hidden gem.  There weren't even any other diners there at the time either.  The waitress and waiter were very friendly and helpful.  I grabbed the card but now I can't seem to find it.  If I do come across it, I'll be sure to update this post in case anyone else wants to check it out.

After lunch, we decided to head over to the bird museum since we bought a ticket that allowed us into all three of these museums.  Normally, that would not be a museum I would opt to visit.  It was this very small museum housed in an old church (which I thought was interesting).  The birds on display were collected from the late 1800's to early 1900's.  It was pretty neat to see since many of those birds I had never seen or heard of before. 

On our way out, we decided to hit one last museum.  It was the wine museum and this one was free.  I was interested since I'm from Napa (another famous wine region).  It was small and had a video showing the wine making process (it was all in Italian though), then another small room with some video slides, and then the tasting room.  We asked the hostess which one she recommended and she offered us a really nice Chianti.  Usually that is not my choice of wine, but that one was wonderful.  I should know better.  Usually the wine tastes better when you get it directly from that region and this was definitely true in this case. 

That about wrapped up our wonderful day.  We headed to our home away from home and went for a nice swim.


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Me by a well in San Gimignano.
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