When we left Rome, we were more than ready to leave. Little did we know that, during our lunch stop on way to the next city, Florence, we would find an unexpected gem of a place called San Gimignano. No one gave us any context before stopping here, and the bus area wasn’t much to look at. But we walked around the grocery store and up some random stairs in pursuit of free bathrooms and were faced with one of the prettiest views of the trip thus far. We realized we were on a hill in the middle of the Italian countryside. There was a castle and the Tuscan sun above us, and all of Italy stretched out down below. It was quite literally a breath of fresh air.