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San Gimignano turned out to be a pleasure way beyond expectations. The drive to the medieval village was along narrow, and at times, one lane roads and bridges and through vineyards, occasionally happening upon churches or deserted stone outbuildings. Nestled in the high hills of the Chianti Region of Tuscany, San Gimignano is the quintessential “hill town” of Italy. Its thirteen towers stand proudly above intimate plazas and narrow streets filled with interesting shops and restaurants. A street curves along the medieval walls which surround the small town offering breathtaking views of the grape arbors and olive groves in the deep valley below, while snow clad mountains loom in the distance. Once pilgrims on their way to Rome bolstered the local economy; whereas, tourists gladly take their place in modern times. Taking lunch in the church plaza in the warm sun of an outdoor seating area beside the ancient city well, the Standly’s and Graumann’s decided it was an enchanting day. WEG

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4 Comments

  1. Nora Maloy says:

    You are even better than Rick Steves! I’m having so much fun thru you two.

  2. dshusfeld says:

    So lovely – makes me want to go to Italy.

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