San Gimignano_ towers standing

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 baseP1090728

Two more towers midway up the towerP1090725

Panorama from west to eastSan Gimiagano from tower uncropped

Eastern view from top


Western view from topP1090705

Bell tower and K-State classmatesP1090707

View southP1090710

Piazza and wellP1090712

Figs growing from the masonry on the tower topP1090714

Some of the stairs inside the towerP1090723

The old masonry is deteriorating but the mortar is still thereP1090724

Piazza levelP1090730


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.P1090736

Castiglion from the up the valleyP1090743

Gabriele’s watercolor paint set, he made the thin box himselfP1090746

Our subject for the afternoonP1090749

Our teacher in his chosen location to paint fromP1090750

We manage to have a good time :)P1090752

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.P1090766

A house down the hillP1090772


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