Quaint Medieval Village

San Gimignano Travel Blog

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In the program here we go on weekly field trips on Wednesdays. Our field trip yesterday was to San Gimignano, another cute, old hill town. It once had many (like 90) towers now only has 9 :(  However, nine seems quite a lot still, there is one almost everywhere you look. Like the title says: very quaint. In fact we thought it needed 'It's A Small World' type and gestures when saying 'Little Medieval Village' to really get the point across. A fact set off by the millions of little chotchkey and artists' shops and restaurants along the main street. Also by the millions of people added to by our 43 or so that are here from Cal Poly. Still though it was beautiful and old and the towers make it look fairly different than your average tourist Tuscan town.
We went in the church in the main square, can't remember the name, that had beautiful romanesque era frescos. Then up to the old fortress (etruscan I think) that is now a very beautiful park with great view of the countryside. Did a little sketch and it was time for mangiamo!

The highlight of the day was most clearly the food. A truffle, ham and pecorino stuffed pizza then rasberry rosemary and peach gelato (separate flavors). Someone must tell The Scoop about the Rasberry, it was Incredibile! We spent our lunch time people watching in the main square, and since there were so many tourists about it was quite entertaining. We played spot the Americans, which is pretty easy most of the time. Also spot the gold shoes which the Europeans seem to LOVE. Even regular old athletic shoes come in gold lame.
Tower.. get ready there's lots!


We also walked around quite a bit on our own and did a little souvenier shopping. I bought, among other things, some panforte for my self which is like a ginger almond jelly cake thing. We stepped into an artisan cheese shop which smelled amazing. But mostly took lots of pictures and soaked in the medievaliness. Some of those pictures were from the top of one of the towers that is open to the public (for a price). I'm not sure if it is the tallest but it sure seemed it.

Then back up to the fortress for some more sketching. I did a watercolor instead. The afternoon was quite nice since a harpist (?) was playing for a little while, then some American choir group started singing into the well in the middle of the space. It was really relaxing to be painting in the very pleasant shade and listening to all this great music.

Then a very hot bus ride back to CF and school again...
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The Main drag
The Main drag
Tower.. get ready theres lots!
Tower.. get ready there's lots!
Towers
Towers
View from the fortress
View from the fortress
Odd little signs all over the town
Odd little signs all over the town
Cheese shop
Cheese shop
April and Katie, my roommates
April and Katie, my roommates
Mmm... Gelato served up to you wit…
Mmm... Gelato served up to you wi…
The fortress from the tower
The fortress from the tower
Piazza della cisterna (or somethin…
Piazza della cisterna (or somethi…
Tower
Tower
At the top!
At the top!
Piazza something... The steps at t…
Piazza something... The steps at …
Towers
Towers
Tower + Me
Tower + Me
San Gimignano
photo by: joesu