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Trip Report – RTW – Part 7: Italy Day 2: San Gimignano

San Gimignano is another one of these small Italian medieval cities that are famous for one thing or another. In its case, it is known as “The Town of Fine Towers“, for the reason that the noble families of this city went to great lengths to build towers to represent their families – and outdo the neighbours in the process. Not many survived, but about a dozen did – and fine ones they are.

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Narrow pathways abound, with locals relaxing and taking in fresh air:IMG_2561 IMG_2566 IMG_2572

More happy locals taking in fresh air:IMG_2575 IMG_2576 IMG_2577 IMG_2578


It somehow gave me pause, how geometrically right these lines were – the woman, the dog, all gazing away along the steps, somewhere into the distant future which may or may not arrive.IMG_2581

And, on a lighter note, here are more people taking pictures with iPads:IMG_2586 IMG_2587

More narrow passages, with cars:IMG_2591

Still a narrow passage, but this time awash with tourists: IMG_2616

A vintage bike near a wall:



An absolutely excellent restaurant, Cum Quibus, which is absolutely impossible to find.IMG_2626 IMG_3807

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Pasta with truffles. If you ever see this… HAVE IT. What was awesome here is when we ate the truffles up… a waiter just stopped by and ground new ones for us. Literally, all-you-can-eat truffles.IMG_3814  IMG_3816

And this is how truffles happen:IMG_2631