San Gimignano & Monteriggioni

Tuscan villages day! We planned a short route that took us to San Gimignano through Colle di Val d’Elsa and over to Monteriggioni. The sun was shinning, which made a nice change from the dodgy weather we’d had the previous few days. We started by wondering through the small streets of San Gimignano, up towards the main squares which are surrounded by lots of tall ancient towers. We’d been itching to go up a tower since Pisa and Florence so bought a ticket to climb the Torre Grossa, the tallest tower in San Gimignano. This also included entry into the Museo Civico, which contained 14th and 15th Century frescos. We did the museum first then started to climb the many steps up the 54m tall tower. It got a bit scary towards the top, the stairs were see-through, you could see all the way back down and Ben kept wobbling the stairs (!) then there was a steep ladder to the top but once on the roof there was an amazing view of the town and an awesomely huge bell!! We spent a bit of time taking it all in then slowly climbed back down, Ben was laughing at me struggling with a minor vertigo attack as we descended!!! Back down on the ground we walked around the ramparts, through more little alleyways, and back to the square where we bought lots of yummy ice cream 🙂

We drove through Colle di Val d’Elsa to Monteriggioni, which had been described as a ‘picture postcard’ Tuscan village surround by castle walls…awesome! It was built in the 13th Century for the people of Siena as a castle and advanced outpost for the city, later it was surrounded by massive circular walls. We walked through the big arch into the small square where people were sitting at the bars and restaurants soaking up the sun. We walked around the quaint little streets passed tiny shops, into the cute little church and back to the square where we sat and people watched for a bit. Ben insisted on walking around the outside of the walls, so we clambered over rocks and around trees investigating the towers.

We headed back to the campsite and laid out in the field catching the last of the sun!!

We decided we much prefer central Tuscany to northern Tuscany, it’s a lot less touristy, Siena and San Gimignano are beautiful and the countryside is breathtaking. We’ll be back!!

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