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.
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!