Sunday, November 20, 2005

Views of San Gimignano

We were a bit lazy today and didn't manage to get up as early as planned. We had decided the day before to visit both San Gimignano and Volterra in the one day, but since we never managed to leave the villa till around 11am we decided to visit only San Gimignano.

Unfortunately the weather was a little bit gloomy and rainy once again, but the drive from our villa to San Gimignano was full of beautiful views of rolling Tuscan countryside.

It took around an hour and a half to reach San Gimignano and before we arrived we caught a glimpse of the medieval towers on a hill in the distance.

San Gimignano is set on a 334m high hill and dates back to the 10th century. The town originally had 72 tower houses, some which were as high as 50 metres. These towers were a symbol of wealth and only 14 remain today.

Countryside near San Gimignano

The town is known as "San Gimignano delle belle Torri" and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

We spent a couple of hours just wandering aimlessly round the streets of San Gimignano and had an enjoyable time, despite the fact that for most of the time it was absolutely pouring with rain (see the photo below)

San Gimignano in the Rain

In the afternoon we climbed to the top of the Torre Grossa and were rewarded with amazing views of San Gimignano. Luckilly for me and my camera the rain had cleared up by this time and it turned into a beautiful sunny day. Here are some of the photos that I took from the top of the Torre Grossa:

View of the Piazza in San Gimignano from the top of the Tower

Above you can see a view of the Piazza in San Gimignano and below a view of one of the towers and the streets below.

View of San Gimignano

If you'd like to spend a little longer in San Gimignano you can read reviews of San Gimignano hotels and things to do in San Gimignano


Tangospeak said...

Great pictures! I lived in Florence for a year in High school. We went to San Gimigano for a day, my mother, my sisters and I and we got flashed by a naked man in a coat when we went up to a high-level piazza. We laughed and he ran away in shame.
Such a lovely town, it kept reminding me of all those fairytales I loved to read as a kid.

grosse bourse said...

Très belles photos ! :D