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San Gimignano, Italy

The town of San Gimignano is the typical small Tuscan village. It is perched atop a hill and has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Once again, we needed to head north to Florence before taking the bus south to Sienna despite being closer at the farm in Greti. After a quick transfer, we spotted the iconic towers of the town. 14 in all, they vary in height and were a competition between merchant families before the Black Death swept through the region.

If we had made the decision to come here instead of Siena we would have been able to see their yearly medieval fair. Each district proudly hanging thier flags down the main streets.

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Not wanting to miss the buses we left fairly early, as we needed to transfer several times. We only stopped to have a taste of gelato. The particular gelataria that we chose had won awards with its pistachio and dark chocolate gelatos so I opted for those. The former had a nice nutty flavor, decent but not a standout. The latter was a thick, almost fudge like, consistency yet still staying creamy. It was around 80% cacoa with a nice bitterness that did not overwhelm it. Ben had his staple, lemon, and passion fruit that tasted like you were just eating a cold and creamy passion fruit.

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We return to Florence for dinner but the restaurant I had chosen was closed for no discernible reason. At the behest of Ben, we had sandwiches again. We asked for the roasted pork (which they were out of), smoked mozzerala (also out) and onions (also out). We ended up with the fennel salami, black truffle sauce and mozzerala.

Posted by CulinarySojourn 10:11

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