San Gimignano: Often referred to as the “town of fine towers”, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture and the unique preservation of its tower houses. It is also well known for its saffron and its white wine. The Historic Centre of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Distance Walked: 15 km
Time: 4.5 hours (including rest break)
Accommodation: La Casa de Potenti di Frosali Maurizo, Piazza delle Erne, 10, 53037 San Gimignano, email@example.com, 59.70 euros per night for private double room with private bathroom. Prime location in the Historical City Centre.
Pilgrim Accommodations: Convent of Sant’Agostino, Piazza Sant’Agostino, 53037 San Gimignano, T: 3890271941 Beds: 10
Summary: We had originally planned to stay at pilgrim accommodations again this evening (Convent of Sant’Agostino). With Richard’s cold in full force, we decided to give him a little extra ‘quarantine’.
You may have already been asking yourselves, “what’s up with the bunk beds and shared accommodations?” Everyone’s Camino is different, and what is right for one person on a Camino may be completely wrong for someone else. On our first Camino (2010), Richard and I stayed in private, pre-booked accommodations. As nice as they were, we never really got into meaningful conversations with other pilgrims, other than the occasional ‘hello’ to familiar faces. On our 2nd (2016) and 3rd (2017) Camino, we switched to pilgrim accommodations. We loved the flexibility of not needing to book ahead (Spain). We especially loved saving (a significant amount of) money that we immediately put towards more travel! Most of all, we were able to connect with a diverse group of interesting people who greatly enhanced our Camino experience. It is incredible how quickly these people become a support network for each other.
Not all pilgrim accommodations are shared rooms or bunk beds. Last night, we had a private room but also had the privilege of sharing dinner with 23 other pilgrims. The conversation (a mixture of English and Italian) was so engaging that I didn’t stop to take a photo. I know…that’s incredible restraint for me! I did grab a quick photo from breakfast.
While at breakfast, there was a woman (Mary) who looked familiar. As we spoke a bit further, we realized that one of her BFFs, Hui Xu, is one of my BFF’s, and Mary and I had previously met in Beijing. Mary even remembered the story of Richard’s and my first date. How cool is that?
On the feature photo, that’s Jenny and Danilo enjoying a picnic lunch. We kept on running into them all day on the trail. Below is a quick pic from Richard’s and my lunch view (at the back of a very historical, and inviting, church).
Tomorrow’s destination is currently unknown. We’re off to figure that out now. I’ll keep you posted!