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San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany

 

Dan and Shirley in San Gimignano San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1330

Dan and Shirley in San Gimignano

San Gimignano, in the heart of Tuscany, is a mid-evil town overlooking the countryside. We entered the city gates and walked along cobblestone/brick street without one paver out of place. I found a coffee shop and had cafe Americano for 1.50 Euro in a ceramic, not paper cup. We followed the alleys to plazas, the church, and a winding path with great views of some of the hills and v‌ineyards of Tuscany. The town is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Part of the fun was trying to pronounce San Gimignano.

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Town Square San Gimignano

 

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Square in San Gimignano Tuscany Italy

 

San Gimignano Tower San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1343

San Gimignano Tower

 

San Gimignano View in Tuscany Italy San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1337

San Gimignano View in Tuscany Italy

 

 

Tuscan Countryside from San Gimignano San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1339

Tuscan Countryside 

San Gimignano Church San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1342

San Gimignano Church

Tuscan Starter Plate San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1344

Tuscan Starter Plate

Francesca at My tours did a good job of getting us through the town before hoards of tourists came. People were pouring is as we left. As we arrived many of the pop-up vendor stalls were not yet open. This made the experience hassle free.

Cantine Winery Tuscany San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1349

Cantine Winery Tuscany

Pasta San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1348

Pasta

Red Wine in a Tuned Glass San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1347

Red Wine in a Tuned Glass

Oak Barrels for Wine San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1345

Oak Barrels for Wine

Tuscan Starter Plate San Gimignano San Gimignano The Heart of Tuscany SAM 1344

Tuscan Starter Plate

We stopped a short distance away at Cantine 2 Super Tuscan Winery. We tasted four wines with complete explainations of the wine, the grape, how it was made and how to pair it. She explained how to hold the wine glass and how to smell the aromas from the wine. They gave us an order sheet and offered free shipping with the purchase of six bottles. The average price was about 35 Euro a bottle. We sampled a white, two reds and a dessert wine. They even had us taste their extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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