San Gimignano is another of Tuscany’s walled medieval hilltop villages and is most noted for its series of striking towers and unforgettable skyline. Of the town’s original 72 towers, only 14 still remain. Visitors enter the town through the main gate, Porta San Giovanni. The traffic-free cobbled high street leads to Piazza della Cisterna, named for the cistern that supplied the old well in the middle of the square. It has been the center of town for a thousand years and still remains the place to hang out with many cafes, shops and most notably the “world famous” Gelateria di Dondoli. It’s easy to spot–the line is always out the door. I can’t say with certainty that it’s the best in the world, however I am certain I enjoyed my favorite of our entire trip here, Rosemary Baby, a blend of rosemary and fresh raspberries. And, with unique flavors like pink grapefruit with sparkling wine and fig, blue cheese and walnut, I can definitely see why it is so popular. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown in the area. I did partake in a glass (maybe 2) and it was divine! There is plenty to see in San Gimignano and although very crowded with tourists, we really enjoyed our day here and would highly recommend it.

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