The walled city of San Gimignano is best known for its medieval towers. At one time there were more than 70 of them as rivalling families tried to outdo each other. These days residents compete for tourist attention. On one side of the main piazza there is a gelateria declaring the status of "Best in the World" while the one opposite boasts various awards for its frozen delights. The narrow streets meanwhile are lined with shops selling wild boar meats, leather products and ceramics.
We have arrived in time to see a wedding party emerge from the church for photos. They manage to bring the whole piazza to a standstill, mainly because of the veteran cars they have used for the occasion. Side-stepping girls in impossibly high heels and dodging photographers we make our way to the top of the city wall for a late afternoon view of the surrounding countryside. Just inside the wall at this point is a small grassy area with a few olive trees. It has been set up as a temporary outdoor cinema with fold-up chairs and a roll-up screen. I imagine it would be quite pleasant spending an evening there.
As we slowly return we make a decision and decide to go with the gelateria whose gelati were voted best several years running and sit on the stone steps of a large well in the centre of the piazza to eat them. On the way back out through the city wall Jeremy spots an Enoteca selling hot wild boar sandwiches and decides to share one with Richard. Apparently the verdict is favourable.
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