During one of our day trips from Florence was a few hours visiting the city of Siena. A few hours is not long enough to discover a city like Siena, but it provided a glimpse into this famous Tuscan town, with the promise we might return one day to explore it further.
I have a bad back. I would love to say it was due to an old football injury or the result of saving an old lady from a burning building, but the truth of it is I’m just an overweight computer geek. Bad backs are as much a part of our DNA as comic books and Monty Python quotes.
As I sit down to write on my blog about our visit to Florence, I’m trying hard not to make it sound like a Wikipedia article. As a history geek, I love the facts, dates and events that make up the timeline of a city. But much like IQ and blood pressure scores do not define who we are as people, dates and facts can’t adequately describe a city, particularly this one. I struggle to write “from the heart”, but I’ll make the attempt. Here goes.
Our driver picked us up from our Milan hotel for the 2 hour drive to the town of Bellagio. Once we got out of Milan, the drive itself was scenic, with the Italian Alps ahead of us, passing small villages and rural farmland. Once we got to Lake Como, we drove down a narrow winding road next to the lake itself. As always in Italy, the road was busy with cars, trucks, scooters and cyclists, but unfazed by all the congestion, our Italian driver navigated the chaotic, aggressive Italian driving that always seems to work itself out with no accidents or mishaps.
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“Milan, darling. Milan.” — Edna Mode – “The Incredibles”
Our first stop on our recent Italy trip was the city of Milan. Renowned for its sense of fashion, there is a lot to see and explore, even for a “jeans-and-sweatshirt” guy like me. Since our time was limited, we hired a local tour guide to give us a personal tour around the city.
While most large cities in the world have the best cathedrals and museums, my favorite places to visit are the smaller towns and villages in a country. I enjoy the slower pace and less crowds, but I also love to see a place with ties to older customs. It is like stepping back in time, and since I’m a history geek, it resonates far more than a famous sculpture or painting. San Gimignano is exactly the type of place I love to explore.