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Published on August 31st, 2013 | by Rachel Budke

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San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

Today I was my first trip outside of Florence.  It was kind of last minute, which made it exciting!  I went with Victoria, Madison and Madison’s roommates.  I really loved it there, it was very inspiring.  It was a small place, and enjoyed that it was quaint and filled with beautiful green scenery.  Florence is amazing, but I enjoyed getting out of the hustle of the city for the day.  San Gimignano does not allow cars inside of the city, which was a very nice change from the crazy drivers in Florence.

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Santa Maria Novella, the train station in Florence.

This was the first time I have ever ridden on a train, so that was exciting for me.  We took the train and arrived arrived at Poggibonsi, and stayed there for about 30 minutes before the bus to San Gimignano came.  I finally got my first first espresso, or caffè as they call it, and it was great! It only cost me 1 euro.

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Poggibonsi, Italy | universityfoodie.com

Poggibonsi, Italy | universityfoodie.com

Poggibonsi, Italy | universityfoodie.com

After about a 30 minute bus ride, we arrived in San Gimignano.  It was honestly the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.   This was the first day I have really felt inspired to photograph, so it was nice to feel that.  Sometimes it hard to photograph Florence without getting tons of tourists in your photos.

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

Madison and I climbed the Torre Grossa, which had over 200 stair steps.  It lead to the most amazing views overlooking San Gimignano and the surrounding vineyards.  I know that I need to prepare myself for climbing to the top of the Duomo in Florence, because even just climbing this tower, I was out of breath.

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

 

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

Outside of the tower lead to a beautiful area, which was one of my favorite spots.  We also bought a ticket to go inside the San Gimignano Duomo.  They did not allow photos inside, and were very strict about it.  It was absolutely beautiful on the inside, and I wish I would have been able to share with you what it looked like.  It was covered from wall to wall with murals of different biblical stories, and had very elaborate painted ceilings and old golden decor.  It made me very excited to see the Duomo in Florence from the inside, because I am sure it’s even more beautiful.

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

There is a small wine museum in town where we tried four different wines from the region; two white wines and two chianti wines.  All of them were made from local vineyards and wineries.  We did not go through the museum, we only did the wine tasting.

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

The rest of the day, we walked around and did some shopping.  I bought a simple leather bracelet for 3 euros.  We stumbled upon Chiesa di Sant’Agostino and walked inside. It was pretty and simple.  There was a little gift shop sort of thing at the end that you paid for with donations.  The man working there was very nice and he had a cat laying on his desk while he sat there working.

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

We ate some gelato at Gelateria Dondoli, which was highly recommended on Trip Advisor.  It was very good.   I got pistachio, chocolate, and tiramisu.  The shop was very easy to find, it is just right along the main street of stores.

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano, Italy | universityfoodie.com

San Gimignano was a great day trip.  I was really glad that I went, and would recommend it to anyone who is traveling to Italy.  It is definitely a small town, so you can get just about everything you want done within 5 or 6 hours.

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Thanks for reading along! I appreciate it. Ciao!


About the Author

Rachel is a senior at Kansas State University, where she is studying Bakery Science. In the fall of 2013 she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She loves cooking, photography and DIY projects.



4 Responses to San Gimignano, Italy

  1. Dad says:

    Beautiful pictures! We are so happy you visited San Gimignano on such a pretty day. Our day San Gimignano two years ago was one of our best days among many great days in Italy! This is such an amazing medieval castle city. The day we visited was a similar warm sunny day with beautiful white clouds billowing in the sky. The Tuscan hills with their rustic houses and carefully manicured vineyards and olive groves, the warm breezes, the aroma of wild basil and thyme and the deep blue sky took my breath away. I actually stopped for a moment and thought this must be what it is like in heaven. I am so proud of you! Stay adventurous, strong……and safe ;). I love you, Dad

  2. Jennifer says:

    So pretty!!! The pictures are so good! I’m sure that it’s even more beautiful when you are actually there! :)

  3. Sarah says:

    Oh my gosh Rach!!!! This looks amazing!!!! How neat!! Beautiful pictures!! The best I have ever seen!!

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