Thursday, April 8, 2010

Staying in San Gimignano











I'm booked in at La Cisterna Hotel later in the year for 9 nights and the look on a colleague's face when I told her was priceless. You see, she lived in bustling Rome for three years.

If you have stayed there, have wandered the tower-shadowed streets in the golden early morning before the day (two-hour) trippers pop in to have lunch at a reviewed restaurant and to buy a bottle of wine...

When we go up to the Fortress at 8am, we only have to share the view with a resident cat or two.
Only the two main streets are tramped by the ever-changing tour groups, and only really between mid morning and late afternoon. All the rest of the town - the myriad of side streets, the walks along the town walls - are left to the inhabitants.

Now when one looks at the photos, which are all in main squares of the town, can you play "spot the tourist"? - No, just me! Honestly - it's heaven on Earth.

6 comments:

Trekcapri said...

Hi Leslie, great news! Congrats on securing your reservations. I visited San G. when I was in Siena and I thought then that this would be a place I would want to revisit and stay in the future. I loved it there. It was great walking around exploring and finding really cool things like a little park, I really liked stumbling on to St. Catherine's. I loved all of your photos. It brought back some great memories. They had this one shop with the best gelato. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

Thanks so much for sharing and have a great day.

Leanne in Italy said...

I've not yet made it to San Gimignano yet...but I will get there one of these days! It looks beautiful.

Marta said...

It sounds perfect. San G is kinda like Venice - perfect after the day trippers leave. I'm jealous. And looking forward to hearing about your trip.

Maria I. said...

Ten years ago I was a day tripper in San G. I look forward to a future trip when I can have an extended stay.

girasoli said...

Lucky lucky lucky you!!! I stayed there over night once years ago. It was so cool to be there at night and early in the morning.

Lilly said...

That sounds amazing and you are going backa gain? No tourists? Oh, these photos are wonderful, just wonderful.