04.09.2013 - 05.09.2013 32 °C
Driving through Tuscany has been stunning so far. Our next stop was Pienza, a tiny town with basically one or two streets of shops and restaurants.After taking in the views of the countryside and walking through the town, we were on our way to San Gimignano, the "New York" of Tuscany in a sense that it has a few medieval towers that stick out among the lower buildings. After another freak-out with the standard car in the parking lot (apparently I'm not allowed to panic when we go barelling backwards off the edge - George's note: everything was under control and there was no barreling off a cliff - a weakly powered car is no match for a steep incline so after a failed start and some rolling backwards - cue Janet's panic - we had to back down and get a running start) we entered the amazing town. It was definitely one of the more interesting places we've been to so far. It felt as if the entire town was one big castle. It was, however, extremely busy so it was nice to wander away from the main streets into the real part of the town where none of the tourists venture out. It's amazing how nobody takes the time to walk literally one street away from the action.
La dolce vita
It was time for gelato yet again but this time it was special - it was from the world champion of gelato! George was the most excited he had been this whole trip (George's note #2: I take offense to this statement - a gross exaggeration). It was superb gelato and we savoured every bite. I have enforced a "buy your own cup" policy between us so I'm not fighting for every spoonful and I don't have to deal with gelato droppings on my tummy. He claims the spacial barriers have changed but I say that's no excuse.
Italy's best contribution to the world!
We maximized our time in this wonderful medieval-feeling city and headed towards Siena before it got too late. Siena has been one city we've been looking forward to very much this trip so let's see if it lives up to our expectations!
Is there a hunchback in that tower?