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  • Day13

    Day 13e. Volterra.

    August 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    As we finished our self guided tour of the town hall the locals started their festival with cheese rolling and other theatrics just outside the front doors. We took a seat in the temporary stand and watched for awhile but the language was foreign to us.
    Then we moved our car because the brilliant spot we had was changing to a tow away zone in the morning because of the festival.
    We had a meat and cheese platter and beer for dinner then did a lap of the city before settling into a glass of white chianti wine at a street wine bar.
    Wouldn't you know it! More bands and flag throwing medievals marched up and down the street. These people really are pleased to see us!
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    Love Volterra. My cousins live near there. She is even shorter than us Sue 🇭🇺

    Susan Green

    Loving it here. Haha. Good to hear Lina. Most of the Italians we are seeing are long limbed and elegant.

  • Day13

    Day 13a. San Gimignano, Tuscany.

    August 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Within the city walls of San Gimignano, in the Middle Ages there used to be 12,000 residents now there are 4,000 within the wall and 6,000 outside the wall.
    The city is encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centres on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. It has a skyline of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel.Read more


    How beautiful is the countryside in Tuscany. Que bello

    Susan Green

    Magnificent. We are loving every moment and view.

  • Day14

    Day 14a. Volterra. Teatro Romano.

    August 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The Roman Theatre in Volterra was built at the end of Ist century BC, during the Augustan period, consulship of Aulus Caecina Severus. It was built within the perimeter of the Etruscan/Roman defensive walls, against steep slope. Theatre capacity is estimated on 2,800-3,500.
    The quadriporticus flanks the remains of the Roman Baths erected when the theatre was abandoned at the end of the III century A.D.
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  • Day14

    Day 14. Volterra.

    August 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Susie got to wear her new clothes. Most of her clothes were for trekking. But in Volterra she needed style.
    Breakfast at a local bakery then off to the Teatro Romano, our third attractions on the Volterra Mini Tourist Card.
    Lunch stop at a Panineria where you can choose your roll, cut meats (sliced fresh), cheeses, fresh/roasted vegetables and condiments. So delicious. We had rye roll, olive paste, Tuscan ham (like prosciutto), fresh tomatoes, roasted eggplant, pecorino cheese for 6 Euros.
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    Sue Beckett


  • Day13

    Day 13c. San Gimignano to Volterra.

    August 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Drove to Volterra to the old city and drove through the narrow streets to our accommodation. I found this very nerve wracking but Ron took it in his stride. Our host could not speak any English but we settled in happily. Great accommodation with fabulous room, bathroom and a share kitchen with free cold bottled water and coffee machine. La Torre Affittacamere Apartments.
    We went for a walk, looked at the stores and I bought shorts and a top.
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  • Day13

    Day 13d. Volterra, Priori Palace

    August 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We bought a tourist card for Volterra that is valid for 72 hours for 26 Euros for two people.
    There is a festival tomorrow in the town square so we visited the two attractions that will be closed to us tomorrow, Palazzo dei Priori and Acropoli Etrusca.
    The most ancient palace in the Piazza dei Priori is the Palazzo dei Priori, the present day Town Hall designed by Richard of Como.
    The building work began in 1208 and was completed in the middle of the 13th century.
    Volterra's Palazzo dei Priori is the oldest Government Palace in Tuscany. It served as the model for most of the Government Palaces built there during Medieval times.
    We walked to the public park about 5:15pm where the acropolis ruin is situated however the entrance was already closed and preparations underway for the festival tomorrow.
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  • Day14

    Day 14c. Volterra, Museums.

    August 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Pinacoteca E Museo Civico.
    I found The Deposition from the Cross by Rosso Fiorentino very interesting. It depicts two different emotive tensions: sorrow (bottom characters, bowed heads expressing the agony of their grief) and concerned urgency (top characters, muscles stiff in the tension of the moment).
    We also visited The Persio Flacco Theatre which is an active opera and theatre stage. In 1816 a group of citizens, including cavaliere Bartolommeo Falchi, cavaliere Mario Maffei, Luigi Ducci, Francesco Cinci, and Luigi Campani, commissioned the architect Luigi Campani (an architect of the Grand Duke Ferdinand III of Tuscany). The theatre was erected on the site of the palazzo belonging to Marchesi Incontri. Work began in 1816 and the theatre was inaugurated in 1820.
    Palazzo Viti, one of the finest private residential buildings in Italy, still inhabited by descendants of the Viti family.
    Ecomuseo Dell’Alabastro.
    The Alabaster Ecomuseum is an environmental museum that tells the story of an ancient craft specific to Volterra from the excavation of the stone to its production and commercialisation.
    The “museum of commercial archaeology”, housed in the Minucci medieval house-tower documents the alabaster craft from the Etruscan era to the present day.
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  • Day13

    Day 13. Siena to San Gimignano.

    August 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Breakfast included in our hostel then off to San Gimignano to see the old city of towers. Once boasting over 100 towers it now has more like 30. Wars, lightning, safety and time have gradually reduced them.
    This city is on the train and tourist route. It was very busy but still manageable. First we grabbed a schweins ohr and a gelati at a coffee shop with a toilet. We climbed the tallest tower in the cathedral square. The 360 panorama was pure tuscany; patch works of vinyards and olive groves.
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  • Day8

    Keine Vampire zu sehen...

    April 27, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C


    In der Stadt Volterra, unter anderem bekannt aus den Twilight Filmen, konnten wir keine Vampire finden, das einzige, das hier bei Sonneneinstrahlung glitzert sind die Zebrastreifen. Dafür haben wir aber einen Werwolf und wunderschöne mittelalterliche Bauten entdecken können.Read more

  • Day12

    San Gimignano und Volterra

    September 18, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Von Siena nach San Gimignano gefahren. Trotz Horrorgeschichten im Reiseführer mit dem Parken für Wohnmobile erstmal etwas weiter entfernt geparkt ( Ein Euro pro Stunde) und mit dem Bike in die Stadt gefahren. Die haben sich im 13 Jahrhundert einen Wettstreit geliefert, wer den höchsten Turm baut, das hat dann die Gemeinde mit immerhin 54m gemacht. Den Torro grosso kann man besichtigen und hat einen herrlichen Überblick. Der Parkhorror trat dann doch noch ein, weil wir mit dem Womo nicht schnell genug aus dem Parkplatz gekommen sind, ist die Schranke vor uns wieder zugegangen. Die Telefonstimme zu überzeugen, die Schranke wieder aufzumachen war schon etwas Aufwand. Von dort ging es sehr kurvig nach Volterra weiter. Dort gibt es eine extra Stellplatz für Womo direkt an der Stadtmauer. Freundliche Franzosen haben uns ihr Parkticket geschenkt (gilt immer 24 Stunden). Wir haben die alte Zisterne der Etrusker/Römer besichtigt, erstaunlich was die damals schon ohne Strom und Motoren geschaffen haben. Auf dem Weg zurück, dann frische Steinpilze gesehen (die sahen so aus, wie selbst gesucht) Für 30 Euro das Kilo eine echtes Angebot und wir haben doch den Grill dabei. Gut direkt eine Tüte mitgenommen, direkt in die Fleischerei nebenan ( hinten kommt derMetzger auf dem Foto, und die Ketten in der Metzgerei sehen so aus, als wenn die in Benutzung sind) geiles Bisteaka und wirkliche gute Salsicca mitgenommen und auf dem Parkplatz mit einem Barolo verköstigt.Read more

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Volterra, Вольтерра