Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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Why you should visit San Gimignano

06.04.2013

Why you should visit San Gimignano

06.04.2013

san gimignanoIf you have been to Tuscany but not yet visited San Gimignano – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ‘town of towers’ {it used to boast 72!}. I suggest hopping in a car, bus, on a horse, vespa, or even advocate hitchhiking {kidding} to check out the incredible skyline this town has to offer! Not into history or stunning natural beauty? Than come visit for the dry white Vernaccia wine local to the area —  that’s half the reason I keep coming back. I had the chance to revisit this past week with friends for our beloved holiday of ‘Pasquetta‘ {little Easter} on Monday and had a great time being a ‘tourist’ yet again.

Like many walled medieval towns in Tuscany, San Gimignano was once used fortress in the hands of different empires and powerful noble families throughout it’s long existence. It shouldn’t surprise you  that it’s roots date back to Etruscan times (3rd century BC) –  pilgrims used to stop here for a pausa (rest) on their way to Rome and the Vatican city, it  happens to lie along the route of the famous pilgrim route of via francigena.

The views from the top of the wall (which yes you can climb) are absolutely incredible. The Tuscany you always dreamed of? You will find that here folks! In fact, it doesn’t matter how many years I am in Italy, I will continue to be wowed by such natural beauty, take it all in and then some. 

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If you’re lucky you might even catch a really really creepy puppet show in the middle of gorgeous Piazza della Cisterna  (home to the uber-famous  award-winning geleteria!). I must admit, I was slightly traumatized after seeing this (and of course I caught in on camera – I apologize in advance for the F Bomb…) ;-).

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There is also a Museum of Vernaccia wine which I didn’t visit but I am pretty sure this guy did, he was just around the corner singing his heart out.

Once you have climbed the outer walls and perhaps given the torture museums a try, I highly recommend stopping for an aperitivo wine & Tuscan sampler break. We stopped at a small enoteca towards the back of the town where they put us downstairs in a dungeon-like (more torture references?) atmosphere but then served us great wine and this yummy tagliere (cutting board) for a really good price. Not much makes me happier in life than good company, a great glass of wine and Tuscan cured- meats & cheeses.

Truth be told, yes there are a ton of tourists at any given time, and I have often wondered just how many torture museums one small town can have. But just enjoy San Gimignano for what it is, a really great little day trip from Siena or Florence very much worth the journey!

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Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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Hi There!

Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!

Georgette

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