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February 2nd 2016
Published: February 2nd 2016
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We said goodbye to Laura our host at il monchetta b&b, after giving her a small gift to thank her for looking after us so well, to venture on the next stage of our trip which began with a drive back through Marche and into Tuscany where we stumbled upon a lovely lakeside town: Passignano Sul Trasimeno which means by the Trasimeno lake. Surprisingly again an old sector with this time 'Assisi like' architecture: probably Florence or Pisa style. As we do, we wandered here and there taking heaps of photos and checking out any 'vendesi' signs! Michael reckons we found a good one with views over the lake but we don't know how much: yet. Downside was expensive coffee! 2euros each where most places were 1 or 1:50. Upside: cafes and restaurants everywhere like st kilda but with beautiful views.

Dragging ourselves away we proceeded to San Gamignano and found our accommodation which is always a challenge in these hillside old cities. Flat maps are hard to equate to hilly terrain with steep roads, one way streets and steps everywhere. The journey there was beautiful going through the rolling hills of Tuscany with olives groves, grape vines and artichoke
Ferry stationFerry stationFerry station

There are two islands on the lake: complete with castles
gardens. Hard not to run off the road whilst landscape gazing with jaw dropping views.

The atmosphere of Tuscany is hard to describe: there is a magical lightness about it as though the countryside is aglow..There is another vendesi here: we just need share holders!

The rest of the day was spent eating a local pizza (YUM) followed by wandering around the sights of San Gamignano: we will now let the photos speak for themself.

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Note the levels and arches: unusual round room
Amazing mix of stone and brickAmazing mix of stone and brick
Amazing mix of stone and brick

Built on and over the existing rock face

A taste but photos don't always give the best copy
Private courtyardPrivate courtyard
Private courtyard

How nice heh?
Old doorOld door
Old door

Very different style and cos we have to have a door photo
Twin towers and mayoral tower Twin towers and mayoral tower
Twin towers and mayoral tower

There is a story to this! Ask us when we get back - amazing San Gamignano is considered the 'town of towers' - once there were 77

This is a good representation of how beautiful this town is
Varied Architectural stylesVaried Architectural styles
Varied Architectural styles

This depicts three different styles as neighbours try to undo each other with 'art' and demonstration of their wealth
Central well: piazza  cisternCentral well: piazza  cistern
Central well: piazza cistern

The town has a never ending supply of underground water even to the top of the highest part. Until 40 years ago all residents still drew water from these wells: 800 years of constant use
View from top castle wallView from top castle wall
View from top castle wall

The town had many changes most importantly of which was the building of a second wall in the 15th century to enclose the expanded city: however much of this was pulled down in the 1500s. Much relied on the whim of the most powerful family of the time or the 'mayor'
Amazing doorstopsAmazing doorstops
Amazing doorstops

This theme was present throughout the city - we don't know its significance yet

7th February 2016
Amazing mix of stone and brick

What a build that would be.
7th February 2016
View from apartment for sale

I much prefer the life overlooking a lake than the sea. So sublime....... How much????

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