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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Monday, 19 Oct 2009

Location: Siena area, Italy

MapThis afternoon we drove about 50 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano through the beautiful Tuscany countryside. We stopped a few times to take photos of spectacular views across the rolling hills with olive groves and vineyards that make this Chianti area famous. San Gimignano is a walled town set on a hill top, with many tall towers that are visible from the approaches. We parked at the edge of the old centre and walked in, meeting dozens of tourists heading back to their tour buses. The town has some nice squares or piazzas and arched gateways. We walked around the town centre along the stone paved streets and visited an old fortress with fantastic views over the town and surrounding countryside. We also visited the old church of San Agostino and the adjoining cloister. We drove back to our apartment in Rosia and had dinner there with a nice bottle of the local product.