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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra October 3rd 2011

Monday, October 3 Volterra Today we drove to Volterra, about 40 min. It is closer to the ocean in a very dry area. The tilled fields were large clumps of very dry clay, or parched grasses. Volterra is up really high in the hills, atop a huge cliff. When we walked part way along the wall, we met an older couple enjoying the view and he told Claude in Italian that on a clear day you can see to infinity and to the ocean. Volterrra has a few less tourists than San Gimignano. Again the medieval streets were narrow and twisty. It is a famous Etruscan town (Etruscans controlled Tuscany before the Romans a couple hundred years BC), so we went to see an Etruscan Acropolis excavation site on the perimeter of the walls, and also ... read more
Neat old church just sandwiched between 2 other buildings on the side street
Side street in Volterra
Etruscan Acropolis excavation

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra April 26th 2011

Nach einer ruhigen Nacht und einem schönen Sonnenaufgang über der Ebene haben wir auf der Terasse unter einem der berühmten Geschlechtertürme gefrühstückt. Etwas frisch war es morgens noch aber ok. Dann sind wir zu unserem Auto außerhalb der Stadtmauern gelaufen und sind mit unserem kleinen Panda aufgebrochen nach Volterra. Wir haben extra den Weg über kleine Landstraßen genommen. Toskana wie aus dem Bilderbuch: Olivenbäume, Zypressenalleen, abgelegene Villen und die lustigen Ape (Kreuzung aus Vespa und Laster). In Viareggio sind wir erstmal frech Richtung Parlkaus gefahren, obwohl es als "belegt" gekennzeichnet war aber wer weiß obwohl das stimmt? Und wirklich öffnete sich die Schranke völlig widerstandslos für uns und wir parkten direkt unter der antiken Stadt. Wir genossen die Stadt mit nur wenigen anderen Touristen, man merkt deutlich, dass Ostern vorbei ist und d... read more
Blick vom Hotelfenster
Volterra = Volturi
Pannino

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra April 30th 2010

DAY FIVE Today dawned early again with all of us up and off for a walk by 6.30am - Robyn and Pete to Santa Lucia and Jenny and I off to the outskirts of San Gimi. We all met up again at 7.30 about for brekky and then got ready to go off exploring in the car this time. We are saving lots of money by having breakfast at home and a platter for dinner. Robyn and Jenny think we are saving the money to spend in Florence, Pete and I think we should save it for the next holiday!! Wonder who will win - probably the financial controller!! By the way the financial controller has been given another role, she is now the home keeper too - in charge of dish washing and clothes washing, ... read more
From our morning walk
Taking in the scenery
Setting off to Volterra

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra March 25th 2010

25 March - Thursday Another early start. We discovered that this was market day in San Gimignano. The route from our apartment to the outdoor cafe was lined with stalls selling everything from fresh produce to shoes and clothing. It made for a colorful beginning to the day. After another cappuchino and pastry we walked back to the car and then drove the winding roads to Volterra. Tamara wanted to see where the Twilight - New Moon movie was filmed. I told her that it was filmed in Montipulciano where we had lunch the day before ... apparently the real town of Volterra, although very picturesque, was and not good enough. She did not believe me. We walked all over town looking at each tower to see if she recognized any from the movie. Another Hollywood ... read more
City Hall in Volterra

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra March 8th 2010

(Sunday March 7) On Sunday we headed off to Volterra, another hill town in Tuscany. Like San Gimignano, Volterra is surrounded by a huge stone wall. To get into town, you park outside the wall and walk in. Volterra is famous for its alabaster stone works. The weather is very cold (high in the low 40's) and they are forecasting snow for the region. Seriously...snow. And alot of it apparently. Since we were expecting spring sunshine weather we did not pack for snow. So -- we had to go shopping!! Although many stores in Volterra are closed on Sunday, we managed to find a shoe store (hurray!) where Michelle purchased a fabulous pair of Italian boots to prepare for the snow. It had to be done :-) ... read more
Palazzo Priori
Pizza
Roman Theater

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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra September 27th 2009

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra September 24th 2009

Siena/Volterra 19th Sept We drove three hours north into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Our first stop was Siena. What a picturesque town, with winding narrow streets and a lovely sloping piazza in the centre. Matt even stopped off for a hair cut at a local Italian hairdresser, who spoke no english at all. We then headed deeper into the countryside, to stay at the small town of Volterra. We didn't spot any vampires, but lots of locals at the pizzeria and bar. Our room at La Forsteria was good value.... read more
Views over Siena
Tuscan countryside
The haircut

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra August 22nd 2009

Nadat Dick heeft gewandeld met Wapper en Dino in het bos en nadat Silvia de tassen heeft ingepakt, gaan we vandaag het laatste stuk rijden, van La Spezia naar Agriturismo Diacceroni 2, Villamagna, Volterra, waar we rond kwart over 11 aankomen. Barry en Bianca zitten ons al op te wachten, want zij zijn hier al een week. De auto uitladen, kamer 'inrichten' en even bijkomen van de 2,5 dag durende reis. Wapper en Dino natuurlijk een rondje lopen en wij een koel drankje. De Agriturismo is mooi gelegen, op een heuvel met uitzicht op het typisch Toscaans landschap. Als we bijgepraat zijn gaan we naar het zwembad om af te koelen. Een wandeling met Wapper en Dino naar het lager gelegen meer staat ook op het programma (ok, Sil, dat moet je dus niet meer 's ... read more
Welkomstdiner Diacceroni
Wat een eten...!
Proost...!

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra June 23rd 2009

Our last trip and in fact our farewell to Italy came as headed for Colonnata. Not quite culture but definitely it was in the broadest sense because ofits proximity to Carrera and the marble quarries which produced the materials for Italys sculptors. Large rocks were strewn along the roadside as it wound its way up the hill. Not beautiful place, in fact the scarred landscape was quite ugly in parts. Shops lined the roadsides selling marble products ranging from full scale large sculptures the type of which you would struggle to get on a plane to tiny perfectly formed owls. We bought Ozzie to join another marble owl purchased years before. Now he wouldn’t be so lonely with Ozzie to join him. For lunch we headed to the small town of Lerici close to La Spezia ... read more
enjoying the sun in Lerici
Volterra

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Volterra June 2nd 2009

Da vi vågner omkring kl. 9 er det lige stoppet med at regne. Tidligere omkring kl. 7 regnede det stadig. Der er stadig vand overalt på pladsen og der er ikke rigtig noget der tyder på det løber væk foreløbig. Vi ligger og slapper af lidt endnu indtil vi beslutter os for at tage til en plads der ligger mellem Pisa og Firenze. Vi har 3 timer til vi skal være ude af pladsen så. Den første time går med lige at få ryddet tingene lidt væk, alt imens vandpytten under teltet bliver til en mudderpøl. Da vi omkring kvart i tolv har pakket teltet ned i nogle skraldeposer og skal folde presenningen sammen er der bare en helt brun mudderpøl under teltet. Man kan endda se logoet fra en H2O-klipper der har sat et aftryk ... read more
Om'er - nu med tørt telt
Italiensk pasta på gasgrillen




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