From San Gimignano, Italy
I recently went to Italy for a week and was able to visit many cities within the northern part of the country, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa. One day of my trip was dedicated to a tour of four of these locations (Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, and Lucca). While I was there, I decided to keep a record of my observations and first impressions of each of them. This next anecdote is about my experience in San Gimignano.
San Gimignano has been my favorite place in Italy so far. Even though it is not as rich in history as Rome, Florence, and Siena, it has a charm and beauty not found anywhere else. As soon as one enters the town walls, stores line the pathways. In the square, little cafes and gelato shops bustle with small crowds. It’s here that the gelato world champion for two years in a row is found. With about 20 flavors to choose from, I went with the simple, familiar flavors of vanilla and caramel. World’s best gelato? I cannot know for sure, but I’m inclined to agree that it’s pretty close to the best.
Because San Gimignano is on higher ground, as you walk through certain roads, you can catch sneak previews of the scenery surrounding the walls of the town through arches that frame deviating pathways. At the top of the ruins of the fortress, there is a breathtaking panoramic view of all of the farmland and villas around San Gimignano. There is no better way to see the area.
The best part is the drive to and from the city. Some time in the future, I would like to return for a few days and spend my time discovering all the ins and outs, driving around, really taking in all of its surroundings. Perhaps I’ll also stay in a villa on the outskirts for some time as well.
To me, San Gimignano means charm. It is a location that inspires creativity of all kinds. I cannot wait to be charmed and inspired again.