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San Gimignano (General)

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Photo of San Gimignano, Italy
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San Gimignano has been often been referred to as the Manhattan of Tuscany. No, not because the taxi drivers don't know their way around and can hardly speak a word of English, but because of the resemblance of their respective skylines due to the many soaring towers. Personally, on approaching the town, I was reminded more of Cumbernauld (without the grey concrete and the grey weather). Actually, thinking about it, San Jimmy has more of a fairy-tale-like appearance with its tower-bedecked hilltop setting. Whatever, it's an impressive vista and is visible for a good few miles distant. Parking isn't much of a problem (not when we visited at least). There are several, inexpensive car pa...Read More

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Historic Centre of Siena

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Attraction | "SUNBURNT IN SIENA"

Historic Centre of Siena Photo, Siena, Italy
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Siena is probably most famous for the Palio - the psychotic, twice-yearly dash around Il Campo, the heart of this ancient, walled city. I'm sure most people are familiar with the carnival atmosphere generated during this frenetic, hell-for-leather race around the cobbles, but unfortunately the timing of our visit didn't coincide with the medieval equivalent of Whacky Races on sulph. Never mind.The old town of Siena is built on and around three hills, and is completely free from traffic. Visitors have to park in one of several car parks outside the walls and proceed on foot. It's not a long walk, but it IS a steep walk. There are shuttle buses that run between the car parks and the town gat...Read More

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Historic Centre of Siena

Siena, Tuscany

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)

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Attraction | "FLO'S AULD BRIG"

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) Photo, Florence, Italy
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Florence is awash with art treasures, teeming with stunning architecture and flooded with pretentious shops, but it isn't always that way. Oh no. Sometimes it's awash with teeming floods. The River Arno, which dissects the city, has been known to flush away everything in its path. Not the PONTE VECCHIO though.Although it's thought that there's been a crossing here since Etruscan times, the bridge that spans the river today is far more recent...relatively speaking. Today's Ponte Vecchio was built in 1345 by Taddeo Gaddi (not single-handedly, I assume) and replaced an earlier one which, you've guessed it, was destroyed by a flood.Many enterprising souls quickly set up business on the b...Read More

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Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Over the Arno River
Florence, Italy 50125

Volterra

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Volterra Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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Perched high atop a Tuscan hill, 1770ft above sea level to be precise, sits the charming little town of Volterra, an ancient Etruscan settlement. It owes its existence to the fact that the area is awash with mineral water springs, but more importantly, it's rich in alabaster deposits and this has led to its present day prosperity. When bumming around Italy, it's hard not to be confronted with ancient monuments - those Romans certainly had the building game well sussed. However, the architectural interest in Volterra comes from the period when Volterra, or as it was known then Felathri, was one of the most important cities of the Etruscan Federation. Of course, the Romans being the Romans, ...Read More

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Volterra
Volterra
Tuscany, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Attraction | "MY ANGLE ON PISA"

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo, Pisa, Italy
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One of the highlights of our trip to Tuscany last year was to be our visit to Pisa. To be accurate, the main attraction was not so much the city of Pisa itself, charming though it undoubtedly is, but the Field of Miracles*. Well, to be punctiliously precise, it wasn't even the Field of Miracles that had our anticipatory juices flowing, but The Leaning Tower of Pisa in particular.* The Field of Miracles is the area housing the Duomo, Tower, Baptistry and associated buildings.To be honest, if you discount the Field of Miracles, I'm not sure that much else in Pisa merits a visit although I expect some Pisaphile will soon put me straight on that count. However, it can't be denied t...Read More

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Leaning Tower of Pisa
Campo del Miracoli
Pisa, Italy