Matthew and Mark both really liked San Gimignano, an Italian hill town. Since it is located at the top of a very large hill, the views from there were just beautiful. The buildings date from Medieval times to the Renaissance (it is referred to as the "Medieval Manhattan" for its urban-ness at the time as the residents were prosperous, building 72 brick towers for protection...14 still standing). It was a slower pace, so that felt good after all the hustle and bustle of Rome and Florence. They performed at the church there...beautiful frescoes inside the church. They were only there a couple of hours so they ate paninis and Gelato for lunch and had a long bus ride across the Apennines to northeast Italy where they visited Padua.