After spending the morning in Volterra, we took the bus east towards San Gimignano. One of the only towns in Tuscany to boast its own medieval towers. Fourteen towers still stand in the city. We went straight to the Palazzo Comunale so we could climb the tower, the Torre Grossa built in 1311, 177 feet high, so lots of stairs. The view was incredible to say the least. We could see the singular city avenue stretch out in both directions, and hills becoming more and more faint into the horizon.
Towers across from the Palazzo Comunale at base
Two more towers midway up the tower
Panorama from west to east
Eastern view from top
Western view from top
Bell tower and K-State classmates
Piazza and well
Figs growing from the masonry on the tower top
Some of the stairs inside the tower
The old masonry is deteriorating but the mortar is still there
The next day was a scheduled art class day. These Thursdays always were as interesting as the field trip days, but much more relaxing. Spring is really in full force back in Castiglion.
Castiglion from the up the valley
Gabriele’s watercolor paint set, he made the thin box himself
Our subject for the afternoon
Our teacher in his chosen location to paint from
We manage to have a good time :)
Learned alittle about history of the agricultural area, this ox cart had been painted with some socialist symbols. Gabriele explained that since time and political climates have changed the painting has been scratched out of the carts side.
A house down the hill