Like so many historical towns, San Ginesio also still has an almost intact town wall. But since it is rather small, it is only four gates which lead into town. The most prominent and possibly most photographed one is Porta Picena, near ospedale San Pellegrino. The name Picena most probably derives from the old Italic tribe Piceni (I think). The...more
When I walked to the tourist office in San Ginesio’s western part, I passed by the church and convent San Francesco. The church was closed but the stone carvings of the entrance portal looked marvellous, archaic and simple with the vine leafs and the cute lion and the other little animal, which I couldn’t identify. The portal is the oldest part of...more
The main piazza of San Ginesio is called Piazza Alberico Gentili. In the middle of the piazza is a monument and only when I had a closer look onto the commemorative plaque on it I realised that I was standing in front of a memorial to a great man. Born in 1552, Alberico Gentili studied civil law at the University of Perugia. He and his family had...more
Piazza Alberico Gentili 1, 62029 San Ginesio, Italy
Good for: Business
When I arrived on Piazza Alberico Gentile I was in desperate need of a caffè and decided to make a short stop at this nice looking restaurant. My caffè was excellent but when I went inside to pay I saw this delicious looking array of pastry in the showcase. The owner told me that they make these freshly every day and of course I could not refrain from buying some. Oh my.... not only did they taste as delicious as they looked but I was almost shocked when I received my bill: 4 Euro for my latte macchiato AND six of these pastry pieces! Which was 1 Euro for the coffee and 0,50 Euro per piece. Two were a a kind of cannolo, filled with Nutella and with vanilla cream and the other was something similar to Sfogliatella (It is a saucer, by the way, where I put them for the photo, so they are small, but...). For more photos of their pastry, have a look at the website, it is even in English!
Location of Terra Nostrà on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., June 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
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Although there is no ZTL (yet) in San Ginesio’s town centre, the best is to park outside when you want to visit the town. Simply because parking spots are rare and should be left for the locals. The town is small and walkable and free parking is provided directly outside of the town walls. I left the car near Porta Picena. That is where also busses park. Other parking is provided in the north of town, near Porta Alvaneto.
Location of free parking near Porta Picena on Google Maps,
Location of free parking near Porta Alvaneto on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., June 2011.
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What can I say? This tourist office is very much customer oriented. When I arrived there after having had my caffè on the main piazza, I realised that I was too late and that it already had closed its doors for the day. But they had a rack filled with all kind of information material outside, everything free of charge (left in my main photo). So I...more