San Gimignano is a small hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany region in Italy. It is famous for its picturesque towers recognizable from miles away. It had a magical conglomeration of Roman and Gothic buildings, the traditional brick paved road and the requisite piazza.
This picture was taken from about 15km away as we were approaching the town and the towers in the distance are clearly visible.
Its preservation of the dozen or so tall tower houses has created an identifiable skyline in the mind of travelers, like any of the other metropolitan city in the world, but it is far from being one. And I'm thankful for the quaintness of this town...
San Gimignano is also very famous for its white wine. These vineyards laid at the foothills of the town as we entered the walled city.
All motor vehicles are prohibited on the main street of the town which leads tourists from a huge fortress gates through to the main piazza and the Gothic towers.
The main street holds all things essential for a tourists heart from pottery to cheese, wine and prosciutto and the ever present Gelato.
There are a couple of Gelateria in the piazza which are very famous and even named themselves the best gelato place. Last spring First Lady Michelle Obama visited one of these gelaterias and apparently they named a gelato flavor in her honor.
If I could I'd love to stay in a bed and breakfast here for a week and just absorb the history, art and culture of this place. These buildings have so many stories to tell and the cuisine of the tuscan area fabulous so I was practically in heaven while walking the streets of San Gimignano...