Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for San Gimignano, Toscana, Italy
May 1, 2015 - Extremely Zempesque day!
Early morning drive to nearby Monteriggioni , a 12.c Medieval military castle well preserved so ppl live there. Walked around shops full of gads of local handicrafts for a wee bit. Yadda Yadda. Seems more of a "mid-evil" castle to us with it's uneven stone floors/streets to trip over. Shelly said "What d'ya think let's scram and just drive to wherever we end up!" Wonderful country drive - we just can't get of the beauty of Tuscany. Quiet drive for a couple hours until there were lots of signs we couldn't read! Suddenly, there were Oodles...Jump to full entry
Apr 30, 2015 - Laundry day... :(
Last nite I carefully studied an awesome Run loop out here in the Tuscany countryside, where hopefully I could not get lost "if" I went out for a run this morning. However; when I woke early this morning; I decided "man there's more hills in that kooky loop than I want on a Thursday." After all, Tuesday is hill training day in Whitecourt. ( ha ha ha...) Today is Thursday! Images of wild boars , barking hunting hounds, my poor sense of direction, and dehydrated state I've been in for 2 damn weeks now, I decided to go with sunrise yoga...Jump to full entry
Apr 29, 2015 - Chianti day!
We often catch ourselves saying to each other "next time we come to Italy......"! Before we left Canada, our wonderful travel agent had reserved a private winery tour/tasting// light lunch for us. So early this morning we hit the road & drove the sunny Chianti region. We were pleasantly surprised when we checked in for our tour at a well maintained winery boutique. Fabulous bright colored gardens on the grounds and around the charming ancient buildings. We were shown the many cellars and stages, driven to the orchards, even brought out to...Jump to full entry
Woke up to birds chirping outside our window, & a very faint sound of church bells ringing (6 rings by the way.) in the distance from the town of San Gimignano. Wholesome farm breakfast and strong coffee before we headed our Fiat in the direction of Volterra. About an hour drive on a twisty, turny, no shoulders, narrow switch back road thru the county we got to today's destination to explore. :) For hours we walked through the the medieval city of Volterra perched on the very top of a hill, just like all the cities and towns are situated...Jump to full entry
Apr 27, 2015 - Goodbye to cities....CIAO to 18.c renovated farmhouse!!!!
Our prompt driver picked us up this morning to take us to rental car agency just outside of Florence city limits. All our drivers have been courteous and on time. Crazy busy early Monday morning traffic after a National holiday week end. We were driven in a shiny black Mercedes Benz that beep beep beeped whenever a car or motorcycle got too close. Lots of beep beep beeping going on. Geesh. But now we are done with busy crowded cities and train stations. I enjoyed the train experience and was thrilled to survive the week without any ciggie...Jump to full entry
May 18, 2013 - Volterra and San Gimignano
We got an early start this morning after our hotel neighbors decided they would have an early morning. :0( We took it as a good opportunity for us to take a longer day trip to Volterra and San Gimignano once we finished breakfast. On the map it doesn't look far but the squiggly roads do require extra time to get from point A to point B. All in all it was about 1 hr and 45 minutes to get to Volterra, however the views make it worthwhile. Just listening to the GPS say the Italian road names was worth purchasing the maps. The names are so long...Jump to full entry
Apr 11, 2013 - San Gimignano
This morning we ventured to San Gimignano, another Tuscan hill town. At one time it had 72 medieval towers, but now there are only 14. It happened to be market day, so we looked at some of the many items being offered. Other than that we just enjoyed looking at the town itself. I love how every place we have been has bells that chime on the hour. At noon some go on for quite some time; more than just twelve chimes. After enjoying a caffe latte while sitting at a little street side table, we came back to our home away from home and did...Jump to full entry
Oct 15, 2012 - San Gimignano in the rain
Monday October 15 Today we had another fairly late start, deciding to go to San Gimignano for the day. Our first task however was to find somewhere to print a copy of Robert’s boarding card for his flight on Tuesday. Our first attempt at a ‘big box’ computer store was met with negativity, not even any advice on where we could find an internet cafe. After leaving the ‘big box’ store, we thought that we might be able to find an internet cafe or something similar, perhaps a travel agent, if we drove into the centre of San Giovanni. Turning...Jump to full entry
Oct 6, 2012 - San Gimignano
Today we left Rome for the last time. We will really miss Rome, I liked it far more than expected, the noise, the crowds and the wonderful sites. It wasn't all wonderful, the Gypsies, scams, and sometimes outright rude people that serve you, but I could live there - for awhile anyway. We were travelling by fast train to Florence then hiring a car for the next week. We had first class train tickets that we bought on the net, we had heard about so many scams with train tickes in Italy that we were a bit worried until the conductor came around...Jump to full entry
Aug 28, 2012 - Day 4, Part 2....a slice of heaven
Tuesday night, August 28.....a little slice of heaven on earth Hermann told us that his favorite place on the Tuscany tour is San Gimignano and what we saw in town paled in comparison to what we experienced when we reached our destination for Tuesday evening. The Hotel Pescille in SG was beyond what words can describe - we all fell in love with the place while we were there and wished we could spend more time at this Agriturismo - a Tuscan farmhouse that has been turned into a hotel. This beautiful casa was built over 1000 years ago (and...Jump to full entry
Mar 19, 2012 - Second, even more major wine purchase
Wow!! So Antonio took us to a wine tasting at Tenuta Torciano winery and we were there for hours. I'm not sure how many,but more than a couple. We had food, we learned how to hold a wine glass...oh and we tasted a good (very good) 9 or 10 wines.... Ok, let's be honest. We talked to Pierluigi for quite some time and tried, many wines, most of which were spectacular. We were good customers and we justified it since we didnt buy glass in Venice Either way, it was awesome! Great pictures, great fun, great wine! A truly remarkable...Jump to full entry
Aug 1, 2011 - Ventured into Chianti area of Tuscany again today
We love GPS!!!!! We saw beautiful countryside we hadn’t even planned to see, but no complaints. The rolling hills, winding roads, and miles and miles of olive trees and grape vineyards made every moment wonderful. Almost into San Gimignano is a working winery where we went for not just a wine tasting and education but great entertainment. Family owned and operated of course, we sipped and chatted while learning about the grapes, soil and process of the wine making. So much fun! On our way back to Firenze we went to Greve, a quaint little...Jump to full entry