Smaller Towns In Italy
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We left Florence early and quickly this morning for Venice. Our trip leaders and professors planned a quick side trip for us that went to San Gimignano. It was a beautiful medieval town on a hill in the middle of the Tuscan countryside. We were there around midday, and the weather was perfect and completely enjoyable. It was a small community of wine shops, pasta sellers, and various other little shops with restaurants sprinkled throughout. I did my gift shopping that I needed to do in Italy and then just enjoyed being in the warm and pleasant sun. It was refreshing and a great side trip.
I slept and read most of the short trip to Padua, which is where we were staying for Venice.
I am fortunate to have a life-long friend of mine that I grew up with back in my hometown of Gastonia, NC who is studying abroad for the month in Rome. She took a weekend trip to Venice, and chose to stay in Padua as well for the affordability. Therefore we got to meet up and spend the evening together! It was a great time and it was a lot of fun not only to see her, but also to be able to spend time with someone I already know well and completely comfortable around (as is not the case as I am slowly meeting people on this trip). We went to dinner and a wine bar with a few of her study abroad friends and it was just great. I shouldn't be surprised though, I always have a good time with her!