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PPAC: San Gimignano

After eight years in Tuscany maybe it’s time to visit San Gimignano, I said to myself, packed uncle and bestia on Thursday and off we went, after a lovely stroll by the Elsa river. As everything in Italy it was full of art and surprisingly full of people.

San Gimignano, two hours NW from me, is a kind of place where street art must be searched for with a magnifying glass. It is overshadowed by other kinds of art, all public and free even though you’d be willing to pay for it.

You can pay for all the rest though, I was thinking as the smell of new leather kept hitting my nostrils, and shops attacked me left and right, and so many people, oh, the people speaking many languages, with their children and their dogs, masked or not, with gelatos or cameras, and the doors, ohhh, the doors, I could click on every one of them, but I’m spoiled and I choose, and through it all you can tell that you’re in “the region’s glamour girl” as a website calls it, so all is just the surface, ready to appease the fleeting masses, but I’m too tired to protest, so I wait in line for a gelato where others do, I click on all the towers, I enter courtyards, I gaze, I ahhh and ohhh, and then I leave. My Maremma is empty and waiting to hide me away from the people once again.

Today I’m not in the mood to search for historic facts. It was Etruscan and then Roman like much of this territory. Chances are that you will visit it when you come to Tuscany anyway (or have already). Here is just a little preview.

For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Cee at Cee’s Photo Challenges

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

52 thoughts on “PPAC: San Gimignano

  1. There’s a lot of good stuff in there. Interesting street art with the bullet-proof heart and the brain gun. Not sure what the message is there. The medieval street art is good too. I imagine that the colours were quite intense when they were first painted.

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    1. Ahh, Deborah, now I get it, I thought you were asking about that photo where he is posing. It was a mistake because that passage was so gorgeous! And he at first refused to enter it! When I came out, I told him that he must go in there too, and he went. 🙂 Thank you!

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  2. I’ve heard San Gimignano is lovely but also busy – you have shown that it is indeed both of those things. That passage is amazing, with so many frescoes 🙂 And I like the unusual water fountain.

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  3. That passageway and the fountain rewarded me for taking the time to read your post this Saturday morning! It’s a picturesque town for sure, and I enjoyed rambling there in spite of the crowds. My biggest memory of San Gimignano, though, was losing my son there for about an hour! Happy weekend, Manja!

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    1. Ha, not a fan of the ark, Jo? (I mean the first white sculpture. I’m not sure it’s an ark.) There are other sculptures in this post, I’m not sure which you mean. Thank you, effortlessly gorgeous sounds lovely.


  4. Samo za kakÅ¡en dan sva se zgreÅ¡ili ….

    V sob., 25. sep. 2021 13:27 je oseba An Embarrassment of Riches napisala:

    > Manja Maksimovič posted: ” After eight years in Tuscany maybe it’s time to > visit San Gimignano, I said to myself, packed uncle and bestia on Friday > and off we went, after a lovely stroll by the Elsa river. As everything in > Italy it was full of art and surprisingly full of people. ” >


  5. The adventuress will adventure! I love the sculpture with the creatures and your uncle with the Virgin Mary. I almost wanted him to be holding a little puppy or something to echo her pose even more.

    I adore the shot of the doorway looking out onto the view framed perfectly by the tree, it’s one those gift shots, bravo!

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    1. Thank you, Sunra Nina! When I was in front of that doorway, a dog belonging to an artist selling his works in the park kept coming closer and closer. He was old and unleashed, and bestia didn’t appreciate it. They both started to growl so I had to be alert and couldn’t concentrate on taking the shot in peace. Clearly I need to go back.

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      1. You still captured it, Manja! No extra effects required. I absolutely wouldn’t crop the frame in any way, it contains all it needs.

        I like your priorities there 😂 “Down, Bestia, let me just get this shot then I’ll break you both up….”

        I look forward to catching up on all your other posts at some point. I’m so behind with everyone’s! 😊

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      2. Hihih, my priorities would need a bit of revision sometimes. 😀 But luckily it all ended peacefully. Btw, did you take part in the express 2-hour Visual Verse contest this morning? I only found about it yesterday and did write something.

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      3. Ha ha! Yes I saw it this morning and funnily enough thought of you! I’m glad you submitted, you need to keep up your streak! I’m right behind you 😂. I did submit some garbled attempt at poetry. We shall see…☀️☀️

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    1. Crystal, you are one of the few people who can tell from experience: this is exactly how it goes. 🙂 We strolled together and shared our discoveries and joy. I write my posts as if you are with me. I’m glad it comes across. Thank you!! ❤

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    1. Ahh, Lois, so good to have you back here! I was not active on other blogs this summer but now I’m catching up. Yes, this is my sixth blog and I’ve had it since the start of August. Good morning and happy October to you!

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  6. An amazing place, Manja. You are right, everywhere you look is art! Also love the wall art, in Lucca that was minimal – one or two buildings. Thanks you sharing all this beauty!

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