San Gimignano & Siena

I must say, San Gimignano was one of my most favorite places! I like the cool things in cities, but I just love the country scenery. This is pretty much Tuscany. It’s only an hour car ride south of Florence.

We found out that Tim is a natural at driving like an Italian- complete with pulling in front of others and running over curbs. haha He felt right at home.

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This was our car for the day. Pretty nice!

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We stopped to eat at Trattoria Rigoletto, where I had a ravioli with walnut cream sauce. Extremely tasty!!

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Funny little 3 wheeled truck.

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Toilette stop. This thing was ridiculous, expensive and nasty inside. It was very….. memorable. hah

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This is another statue person. She would be still and when someone would drop money into her scarf, she would “come alive” and play her violin. When I went up to give her money, she motioned me back and had me ding a stick against a bowl during the song.

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Tim found this place online, claiming to be the best Gelato. It did not disappoint! The flavors were absolutely decadent. It is hands down the best gelato!

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This was my little pretty- Passionfruit, blueberry ricotta, Blackberry lavender, Orange Cream with chunks of chocolate! Oh man, the blueberry ricotta was my fav! it was soooo creamy! I’m dreaming of it still.

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Tim had: Blackberry Lavender, Mango, Raspberry Sage, Pear. ┬áHe loved all of them but especially the pear and raspberry sage. I would have never thought to put spices with gelato, but it’s absolutely fantastic!!!

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I adored walking around the streets inside this medieval castle! I don’t know why, but I love castles, I am very fascinated with them. We went up a less crowded street and found a guy doing puppet shows! It’s actually pretty entertaining. We got a video of this one and Faith just loves it! It has actually been her bedtime story for the past few days. haha

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Spikes on castle doors.

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Room where prisoners went on trial. To the dungeons! Tim pleads innocent ;)

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Going up, up, up to the very top of the tower of the castle! SO COOL!!

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View from top of the tower.

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The bell they would ring in middle. Tim wanted so badly to ring the bell, even moreso as some guy was encouraging him as Tim stuck his hand in through the holes and pushing the dinger underneath push by push, after several times of doing that he got it to ring.

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He looked like a giddy school boy who did something he probably wasn’t supposed to. haha

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I just could not get enough of the view, it was breathtaking.

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A view through the arrow slots

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Small door within a huge door.

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After strolling that dream of a town, we went a little more down the road to Siena. It was college town. Cool, but wow, hills up and down. Not my favorite place to stroll. Still pretty though.

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The pigeons loved these holes all over the buildings. Pretty good hideout

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We were so tired from all the walking and hiking up and down hills, were famished too. Most places open later for dinner and it was only 5:30 when we started looking. It’s next to impossible to find a restaurant open that early in Siena. We didn’t care at this point what it was, we just wanted to eat. Tim bought me some chocolate ice cream bon bons to hold me over until then. :)

More Bistecca for Tim

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Eggplant parmigiana roll thing- pretty tasty!!

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The prosciutto on the top right became one of my favorites. Sliced so thinly and the flavor is just superb. It tastes REALLY good on a toasted sandwich… oh man, I’m having prosciutto withdrawals.

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Another pizza for me! You can’t have too many in Italy!

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Things we learned in the countryside:

  • Much better air to breathe, away from the stagnate clouds of smoke in the city.
  • When you park your car in a place you get a ticket from, you have to take your ticket to a machine to validate it and then use that to stick in the machine to pay on exit.
  • Don’t walk around Siena on an empty stomach.
  • If you think you’re driving fast, you’re not.
  • If you think you’re driving good, you’re not driving right.

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