San Gimignano

We left Marina di Bibbona this morning and headed for San Gimignano before we stopped for our next campsite destination just outside Siena.  We drove through some lovely Tuscan countryside before finally arriving at the walled town of San Gimignano with its 14 towers.  It took a while for us to find somewhere suitable to park, never easy we are finding with a campervan or motorhome, then ventured into the town.

San Gimignano is truly rustic, beautiful old buildings with most of the thoroughfare being taken over with mainly shops selling, leather, ceramics, soaps and souvenirs.  In the centre is the Piazza della Cisterna a lovely area with beautiful old buildings, restaurants and  Gelateria Dondoli, run by former gelato world champion, Sergio Dondoli, also a member of Italy’s Ice Cream World Championship team!  Well one just had to try the ice cream, it would have been rude not to and it was really delicious.

Feeling in need to burn off the ice-cream, John and I visited the Palazzo Comunale  that has been restored and with a slightly saucy set of frescoes showing the rewards of marriage including scenes of the husband and wife naked in the bath and in bed.  We climbed the 218 steps to the top of the Torre Grassa for spectacular views over the town and the surrounding countryside.

We left San Gimignano and stopped at a Decathlon to re-stock the bike bits that had been stolen and are now camped about 10kms outside Siena at Camping La Montagnola in preparation of catching the early bus in the morning to spend the day in Siena.

Useful Info

We followed the signs to P1 as we entered San Gimignano, drove past the entrance, up the hill then took the first turning on the left.  It was possible to park alongside the verge or in the free parking spaces for smaller vehicles.  Don’t follow signs to the Motorhome parking as this was at least 2.5kms away, we gave up trying to find it!

6 thoughts on “San Gimignano

  1. penny lambourne September 13, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    The last posts have been amazing. All those hills, no wonder you needed a beach day ! By the way Tony, you look good in pink!! So so sorry about the break in. All ok next door.xxxxxxxxxx


    • Rosie Pike September 14, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      Thanks Penny, I’ve told Tony you think he looks good in pink. x


  2. john and carol September 13, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    I bet that icecream is top notch . The frescos were interesting as I thought only me and carol wore hats in the bath john &carol


    • Rosie Pike September 14, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      That just made me laugh so much (and your previous comment about the robbery!). x


  3. Nicola Bogle September 14, 2016 / 9:54 am

    That brings back memories! We stayed in the square when we went for our friend’s wedding last year. The ice cream was delicious 🙂


    • Rosie Pike September 14, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      What a fabulous town it is, nearly everyone I know has been there and tasted the ice cream too!


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