Sunday, March 15, 2009

Visiting Walled Cities, pt.1

On Friday, we had a van and driver to take us on a custom day trip.

First we drove for almost two hours to the medieval city of San Gimignano, which was described to us as the first high-rise city because of its many towers dating to the 11th through 13th centuries.

The guide books described it as a major tourist trap, so we were warned to consider holding off on too much shopping. Alas, the shopping there was much better than many of the other places we visited, at least for many of the things I feel I mistakenly left behind. I did buy a pocketknife for my son and an original watercolor of the city.