Thursday, May 07, 2015

Oh, San Gimignano!

What an awesome day we had in San Gimignano!

Before this trip I had never even HEARD of San Gimignano, not to mention how to spell it or pronounce it.  But it is a fabulous place....and Tuscany? You are everything I ever dreamed of and more!

I did some searching on Wikipedia to give myself a bit more background on this historic place:

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena,Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form "an unforgettable skyline".
Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches.

The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Can you imagine what this place was like back in the day?  Truly amazing to think that I am walking where people lived and loved in medieval times!

Of course the PanForte is NOT to be missed!

This is a yummy fruit and nut cake -- very dense, very delicious!

Oh the FOOD!!

But the view most of all...THIS is what I imagined Tuscany would be, and it is! Oh, it is!

Of course there are too many photos to post, so I have painstakingly with very slow internet, uploaded them to a slide show!

Click the image below if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device.  You'll be taken to the photo album for viewing.

San Gimignano, Italy 2015

Italy ---if you ever have a chance to go -- GO!


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Koo B said...

You may have seen a film, 'Tea with Mussolini...this was filmed in San Gimignano, and if you go to the Duomo you will be able to see the frescos that the ladies were working to save. It is a lovely place :)


Michaela Williams said...

Brings back memories..one of my fav little towns in Italy. I bought my pottery there. I collect pottery from all over. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I can go back one day on one of your trips. Looks like you picked the perfect time of year to go. Doesn't look too crowded.

Karen said...

they have the best hand painted ceramics.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Wow, what a treat...I think the next MQ will be very exciting.

Marlene said...

Looove san Gimignano. Sat on those steps eating the most amazing gelato. Looks like you are all having a fantastic time.

Lorraine said...

Wonderful photos! I want to go! It looks like you all are having a fabulous time. Perfect time to visit...someday soon for me!

Mary P said...

I remember this town as absolutely breathtaking. So glad you brought back my memories.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you spoil us! Thanks for the time you take to give us such a wonderful tour. I feel like I'm there! -Rhonda r7ekblad@hotmail.com

Sharon said...

Beautiful photos - I love the old European walled cities - such history. And Tuscany is wonderful, the food, the scenery, the wine. I need to go back for another tour. Thanks for sharing your trip with us

Eppie Doodle said...

Bonnie, thank you so much for taking the time and patience to load the photos. They are spectacular! You look great, too.

Take care.

Johanna Lovering said...

Loving the photos! The doorways are amazing.

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

I'm jealous! I so want to visit Italy! Enjoy your fabulous trip!
Debby E
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Lori said...

it looks amazing! So glad you get the opportunity to enjoy it.

Susie Q said...

Dishes and Doors ! you must be in Tuscany!

Lovely photos of the square and life on the street and hills.