We made a couple of stops in the Tuscany area instead of going straight to Rome. It was great seeing some countryside from the car (Florence is very city like, being a city and all).
Our first stop was in San Gimignano. Getting a spot in the parking lot took twenty minutes due to the towns disorganization. Once we were parked, we had a great time, however.
The interesting part of the town is inside great walls. Once we found ourselves inside, most of the streets looked like this:
Breakfast/lunch was coffee and a Toscana sampler platter; delicious! One of the meats was “bacon” but seemed raw, weird but tasty.
The best part of the town was the fantastic view:
Here’s some pictures of the Duomo di San Gimignano:
We drove through Sienna but didn’t find much there, so we kept driving towards Rome.
We got to the Airbnb around 6:30 PM (we dropped the car off first). Dinner was at La Vecchia Locanda where we shared gnocchi (the best of my life) and some sort of steak with roast potatoes.
After eating we wanted to explore the city (while it was more cool than during the day). We found a lot of booths along the Tiber River:
Cars in Europe
I found that in France and Italy people tend to not care about their cars as much as people do in America. I see many people park bumper to bumper, some even use nearby poles as locators when parallel parking: