Friday 11th &12th October Day 32 & 33 Gambassi-Termi to San-Gimignano 12.7 km - and stay an extra day to rest and explore San-GimignanoOne of my favourite days of walking so far!
And not because its a short walk either!
So many distractions and temptations for the pilgrim...
wineries, olive oil tasting... sooo tempting! We resist, actually we have no choice... - too early in the morning for them to be open.
it's also a holiday rental, looks gorgeous!....) He now has an extensive, gorgeous garden with hundreds of roses! www.poderesanluigi.it
Remnants of Stone Via Francigena roads below- bit difficult to see... but lots of these sections of stone are visible for the next kilometer or so.
Feasting our eyes on rural splendor!
I stop off and have a look at the church of the Sanctuary of Pancole. There is a priest inside who stamps my pilgrim credenza. He's quite interested that we've come all the way from Australia
Seeing the amazing towers of San Gimignano in the distance, vineyards in the foreground.
San-Gimignano had 72 towers in medieval times! Many built in the 11-14th C can you imagine? now there are only 14.
Arriviamo San Gimignano!
We find the self serve Lavanderia to give our clothes a much needed proper wash and dry, must be the cutest location for a Lavanderia / laundrymat in the world!have some late lunch a couple of doors up the via while the clothes are washing - have some wine, pane and Tuscan soup...
For me, the walk today to San-Gimignano is comparable (but different) in scenic beauty and architectural interest to the walks along the hillside villages of Aosta Valley!
We try out what is reputed to be the best gelato in the world at Gelateria Dondoli! Huge line ups outside earlier in the day, so,we wait until late afternoon when the queues have gone.
We decide to stay 2 nights... spend more time exploring this amazing hilltop town, get our laundry done properly and have a relax!
EXPLORING SAN-GIMIGNANO - Saturday 12th October
Well- it's cold and rainy this morning, a good day to stay local and not walk very far!
We wander and explore. Have a look at the commune,
We have a relaxing exploration of the town.
Climbed the Tower, Torre Grossa. built in 1311, 54 m high.
Great view over the village and surrounding countryside
... and wandered through the museum, religious art, icons abound!
the duomo - Cathedral ... "no photo" covered with art work and frescoes! You'll need to have a look on the Internet ...
explored the art gallery opposite our room www.galleriagagliardi.com
Generally just wandered, took photos,
Sadly, no room in my pack for shoes.. great leather shoe and bag shops!
Fancy some wild boar?
The sky cleared this afternoon, with some sunshine smiling through - hopefully more sun domani! (tomorrow)
Our accommodation for two nights in gorgeous San Gimignano
La Casa di Giovanna - tel 0577 940419. 50 Euro for a double room (pilgrim price, October)
Address: Via San Giovanni, 58, 53037 San Gimignano Province of Siena, Italy
Phone:+39 0577 940419
Within the walls of that exquisitely beautiful medieval town - a gorgeous en-suite room with a double bed in a 16 or 17 th century house with high ceilings and old teracotta floor tiles. History, style and comfort ... PH: 0577941232. or 3351270902
Other optionsCONVENT ST AUGUSTINE - San Gimignano
Address: Piazza Sant'Agostino, San Gimignano
Phone: 0577 907012
Type: Religious Structure
Open: All year round
Number of seats: 4
Use of kitchen: NO
PALAZZO BUONACCORSI - from 50 Euro double - near piazza san Augustino
PALAZZO BUONACCORSI di Boldrini Pierluigi
Via San Matteo 95
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
Tel: +39 349 8079349
Parish of St. James - Via San Giacomo n. 14
Oratory with bedroom, shower, kitchen.
A donation, must notify us in advance.
For dinner in the village there are possibilities in a pizzeria or restaurant.
Where is it: come to the point 103, rather than take the dirt road, cross the ferrovia.sul level crossing and entering the country
Father Patrick, cell phone 011/918.95.28 339/333.59.28
parrocchia.torrazza @ libero.it
San Gimignano Convento Sant’Agostino
Tel +39 0577 907012
San Gimignano Foresteria del monastero
Presso Porta San
Tel/fax +39 0577 940573
32 25 euro with breakfast
San Gimignano - Convent of St. Augustine
We recommend using the phone number 0577-90.70.12.
The number 0577-94.03.83 indicated on the guide remains active as a fax