Driving to Rome

Image credit: George Pearman

Driving to Rome

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).

Florence, San Gimignano, Sienna, and Rome on a map

San Gimignano

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:

San Gimignano street

Breakfast/lunch was coffee and a Toscana sampler platter; delicious! One of the meats was “bacon” but seemed raw, weird but tasty.

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The best part of the town was the fantastic view:

View from San Gimignano

Here’s some pictures of the Duomo di San Gimignano:

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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.

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Dinner at La Vecchia Locanda

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:

Booths along the Tiber

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:

Using a pole to park