The day of our trip to San Gimignano, we woke with the sun and watched as it gradually lit up the Siena Cathedral and the Basilica of San Domenico. It was the most relaxing and perfect start to the day imaginable. After breakfast we piled onto our bus and headed for the hills. San Gimignano is only about 45 minutes away from Siena, so thankfully we weren’t stuck inside for too long on what was shaping up to be a brilliant day weather wise.
San Gimignano is a walled medieval town that has been around since about 63 BC, although the area around it had been inhabited a long time before – it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. When we first arrived, we had to park right at the base of the hill on which San Gimignano sits atop. It was a small hike up before we even got to walls surrounding the town but it was definitely worth the walk. The walls themselves are very interesting and it’s amazing to this that they have been standing and protecting it’s inhabitants for so long. The walls are dotted here and there with little green bushes, which apparently were caper bushes – I never knew capers grew on a bush (although I had never thought about it much either). After passing through the main gate, we continued on up the incline, passing lots of little shops and narrow streets, until we reached the Piazza della Cisterna, which is the main square of the town and is home to a well which used to be the main source of water for the inhabitants. Then we were let loose to explore the town and it’s streets. First, it was time for some gelato from Gelateria Dondoli – it was caramel and it was delicious.
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