Travel Blogs from San Gimignano
Today we leave Viterbo and head for Tuscany and a small town called
Certaldo. Wouldn't you know it, first lousy day for weather - cold (4
degrees), overcast, blowing a gale and raining - perfect weather for
travelling on unfamiliar roads in a unfamiliar car, ande relying solely
on a GPS system to get us there (who said there was …
... equipment. John was dumbfounded to find such a sophisticated place hidden in the hills of Chianti. The architect left the wall of the natural springs intact and this helps with humidity and cooling -- better for the earth and wine as our guide explained. He thought in the next 10 -15 years California wines will really be something. (I thought they already were!) We returned to the reception area for the wine tasting, which ended with ...
... from San Gimignano.
- Garlic bruschetta in extra virgin olive oil coupled with Vernaccia
- Pasta with Chianina beef ragł coupled with the red Chianti
- Grilled pork chop coupled with the red Rosso
- Cantuccini (almond biscuits) to dip into Vin Santo (dessert wine)
... that we were able to see some of the Tuscany country side, and as a bonus it went through a number of small Tuscan towns. Along the side of the road, there were plenty of wildflowers were in bloom, and plenty of rolling hills with vineyards.
The town itself is quite impressive. It is surrounded by a wall, although most of the wall is hidden by homes and other buildings built into it. We did manage to find an old military tower ...
... of the 6 museums in the Pitti Palace. We chose the royal apartments. Upon immediately walking in, I spotted Verrocchio's David casually sitting in the corner. This was demonstrative of the Medici's opulence. I wasn't even aware the piece was housed in Florence. I have visited Versailles and Blenheim, but I don't think I have truly seen such a display of superfluous luxury. Vases, statues, and paintings cluttered room after room. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking