Under the Tuscan Sun
Trip Start Apr 26, 2009
16Trip End May 12, 2009
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John ran this morning along the river and we then grabbed breakfast at our hotel and drove towards Sienna. Stopping in a little town called San Gimignano (think Filet Migon). It is one of the Italian hilltop Feudal towns that is surrounded by a wall and has remained much as it was during the 1300's. It is surrounded by grape & olive vineyards and you have to park outside of town and walk in thru the gates. John dropped me at the top as the walk from the parking lot was about a mile (what a guy!).
Entering San Gimignano is like crossing a moat and coming thru a fortress wall that surrounds a 1350 village. Only difference is that the shopping is a lot better now! We checked out the local Tuscan Pottery, wine, cheese, and locally produced items in the village shops...Interesting a lot of kitchen items were made of olive wood and it smelled magnificent! We stopped to eat at a pizza brasserie sharing a salad and mushroom risotto...our table had a panoramic view of the Tuscan countryside and the hillside vineyards...Spectacular!
We then drove to Sienna...got a little lost...and finally arrived there around 2:00pm. Like the first stop, you park and walk into Sienna (at least the old town area)
We ended our day in il Campo eating gelato...Bella again!
Left and drove back to Firenza on the Autostrada (the Italian version of Germany's Autobahn) and everyone drives really FAST (Faster than me, Gari!). Turned our rental car in and had dinner at a place call Baronicelli's...great food and more good wine...at least John thought so!...Just another day under the Tuscan Sun!