san gimignano in 50 pictures is my impression of this beautiful tuscan town.
it was not easy to decide upon our tuscan itinerary. we wanted to include as much as possible but we also had to leave some places out. but san gimignano made the cut: 1. its historic center is a unesco heritage site and 2. my boyfriend saw it before and said it was worth visiting.
we parked outside the city walls and walked around for a few hours. in order to keep away from the crowds, we walked on the street that goes around the city center, i think you can tell from the pictures.
this is a picture taken from a vantage point right outside the city walls. the tuscan hills are probably just as beautiful as the towns you can visit in the area.
san gimignano is famous for its many towers. but we kept away from them trying to not find ourselves in the middle of crowds.
this is a vat full of marinated eels at a street stall. but we had a version of porchetta, a local pork sandwhich we ate sitting down on an empty street nearby.
i loved taking these quiet back streets. they kept us cool from the burning sun.
i cannot start to explain how amazing this slow food store mangius was. i was blown away by the majical selection of pecorino, aceto balsamico and wines. everywhere i turned, i found something so cool and full of promise i couldn’t believe it. the very nice and helpful girl fed us slivers of various kinds of pecorino, one more spectacular than the last and prosciutto crudo. yum!
she vacumed two kinds of cheese for us: nettle and chamomile, some prosciutto and panforte.
italy is a foodie dream, believe me. the girl told me they ship internationally so check them out here.
we drove away and stopped several times to take some more pictures.
here you can see the town and its remaining towers from a distance.
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photo credits: little aesthete