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Trip Report Take your time to see San Gimignano

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Just came back from Tuscany. It was sooooo loooovely. When I woke up this morning I asked myself where hills and cypress were gone, already missing that landscape so much.
We have been in San Gimignano for a day (just a days!) staying at Villasanpaolo Hotel (http://www.villasanpaolo.com/en/). They have a inner spa and we really had to force ourselves to go out and visit places instead that remaining in the hot pool.
However, we did it and San Gimignano was, is, soooo stunning! It seems like to go back in the Middle Age. You pass over the threshold Porta San Matteo which is the same door the pilgrims coming from Canterbury entered from going onto Rome along the Francigena’s way and what you see is just old stones and towers and the sky. Because when nobles made war each other, the winner had the right to destroy its enemy’s tower and to get its own tower higher.
We visited the City Hall museum (http://www.sangimignanomusei.it/), where they preserve huge crucifix in wood by Coopo di Marcovaldo, which I didn’t know. Touching. No other word to describe them. We met an Aussie wedding in the frescoed hall where it seems that even famous Dante Alighieri has been and then go up visiting Torre Grossa. You have to. I mean, you have to if you don’t suffer on vertigo, in this case better ask to the staff because stairs are missing their vertical part, so you could have some trouble while going up. From the top you can have an amazing view over all the countryside surrounding the hamlet.
Once outside we visited the cathedral and had a coffee and an icecream in Piazza della Cisterna. Just sitting there and watching people was a pleasant way of spending time. We walked through the city onto the next door Porta San Giovanni, making a halt for dinner at Hotel Bel Soggiorno but I suggest you should go there for lunch so you can enjoy the amazing view.
We would have stop in San Gimignano some day more. Next time. Because we’ll come back that’s sure.

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