Tuscany : San Gimignano and Montefioralle

San Gimignano

Started the day with a good breakfast at the Mercato Centrale, left for the bus to San Gimignano, the town was pleasantly quiet. The beautiful sun lit town was well over the fog, everything looked so misty and mysterious from the top. One of my best moments of the trip. We walked all across the town, was very beautiful and medieval(if you choose to ignore the swanky branded-ish shops). The views from top of the castle like structure were great.

We then walked over to the Via Veccia and walked for atleast a mile along the road admiring views of the entire town,, the road passed across several vineyards. Came back to the town, had a good lunch at one of the few places open, again strolled around the town, went to the sunset spot for a good sunset. The bus going back was at around 5 PM, and it didn’t look like the towers would be illuminated. So we left by the bus, returning back to Florence at 7 or so. Had a good dinner at OSteria Santa Spirito, good, but not the most favorite of my meals on the trip.

A little more Tuscany, Montefioralle and a little of Bologna

We had about half a day before our flight back from Bologna. So we got the bus to Greve-in-Chianti, got down just before the town, walked along the road for atleast a mile or so. The road was quite pretty, it was a little uphill along vineyards. The houses, vineyards all were very pretty. Finally we reached the village, it was really really small, but pretty. Walked round the village, walked till the other side of the village, Montefioralle looked like a nice, imposing castle-village. We walked around the private vineyards wherever we could find paths, finally hit a road which got us back to Greve.

Came back to Florence, had a quick lunch at Zaza Trattoria, mostly some truffle based dishes, which were pretty good. Did some quick food shopping at Mercato Centrale, I bought pesto, truffle cream and some pasta. We got a high speed train to Bologna, the journey was pretty drab, though the countryside was beautiful, most of it was through tunnels so we couldn’t see anything. We had a couple of hours at Bologna before the flight, so quickly parked our luggage at the train station, walked till the main squares which were absolutely amazing, they were big, busy, red and very aesthetically built. Sat around for a while and came back to the train station and left for the airport by the shuttle. And so ended the trip.

San Gimignano Towers as seen from Via Veccia

San Gimignano Towers as seen from Via Veccia

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Morning fog around San Gimignano, classic tuscan landscape

Morning fog around San Gimignano, classic tuscan landscape

Morning fog around San Gimignano, classic tuscan landscape

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Town of San Gimignano

Town of San Gimignano

Morning fog around San Gimignano, classic tuscan landscape

Morning fog around San Gimignano, classic tuscan landscape

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Vineyards around Montefioralle

Village of Montefioralle

Village of Montefioralle

Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti

Vineyards near Montefioralle

Vineyards near Montefioralle

On the way to Montefioralle

On the way to Montefioralle

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Tuscan countryside around San Gimignano

 

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2 thoughts on “Tuscany : San Gimignano and Montefioralle

  1. Hi Ashwin, seems like one hell of an explorer you are!
    Would it be convenient if I contacted you over email regarding our possible trip to Florence sometime during December? Thanks!

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