Italy with the motorbike, part 6

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18 May 2012
We were determined to see San Gimignano, so we started out, via Pontedera with its remarkable (irony) roundabout works of art, and Ponsacco to San Gimignano.

In the distance you can see the towers.


As you can see from the photos, we didn’t have a blue welcome-to-sunny-Italy-sky. It was actually more or less overcast all day, but warm.


Many say that this city is very touristy. Of course it is. In May, however, it wasn’t that bad, and despite the large number of people, the atmosphere was good. I found the small balconies and miniature terraces very remarkable, as well as the small alleys in which local products were sold, especially food, alcohol and handicrafts. And a boar’s head for 300 euros.


I would have loved to take the big vases with me, but that wasn’t possible on the motorcycle. Later a friend asked me why I hadn’t had them sent to me. The idea never occurred to me. Stupid!

Here is another work of art of a very special kind (see also first photo):

The „cornets“ were formed from wafer-thin slices of melon. So totally healthy with all that fruit!

We came across a Roma with a dog and a guitar. He lived in a small bus that was parked a little further away. We liked his music, flowing, easy … and we bought a CD. Often the music on a CD is something completely different then. That was also the case here. It was more in the direction of Django Reinhardt, which we, however, also liked.

And here comes a city tour of San Gimignano:


In the tiniest places people created gardens.


From the impressive city wall, one had a marvellous view over the Tuscan landscape.

This looks very much like a monastery.
!!!!!!!!!




I loved that wild growth on top of the city wall.

From San Gimignano we drove to Volterra, about 15 km away, a town with an impressive castle. But about that next time.