September 25, 2009

Daydreams of Italy

In the heart of Tuscany lies a gorgeous little town: San Gimignano.

If you think California's Napa Valley is the place to go for vineyards and atmosphere to the maximum, you will be thrilled with all you see. The drive up to the town is nothing short of spectacular as each bend of the road brings new delights. Just stunning.

If you are brave enough to climb to the top of the higest tower, you'll be rewarded with a skyline unlike anything else in Italy. This is the uncrowded Italy of old, the one of romantic movies and novels that make you dream of places far away.

Driving in Tuscany is unlike anywhere else I have been, cars collide with motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and pedestrians- where the rules of the road are there are no rules! Normally I would advise against driving here, but the views on the way to San Gimignano are worth the risk!
(Photos copyright Mark Taft.)

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