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May 15, 2013 - Day 8 - Manarola to Volterra

We caught the 8:30 train out of Manarola to get back to our car about an hour away. There is definitely some sadness in our hearts as we leave. After only 3 days in such a small town you really start to feel like you are part of it. You see Maurizio in the morning talking with the locals of some of the folks staying at his B&B...you see the lady that runs the coffee shop down in the harbor preparing food...you always bump into some of the tourists who you've spoken with in the past few days and say hello again....some of the locals sitting...

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Oct 7, 2012 - Volterra & San Gimignano

Today started with lots of mist/haze over the countryside. The view from the the dining room balcony was still amazing even with the mist hanging over everything. We had intended to go to the local markets today but after chatting to a couple of locals we changed our minds and instead headed out to Volterra. Volterra is a walled town dating from the 1200's. We headed out right after breakfast so that we had, lots of time for Mike to practice driving on the other side of the road. In theory this was a great idea but we didn't count on the...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Volterra, San Galgano & Observatory

That time again, up and at it, I think. Made some coffee so the eyes would remain open for the day. Haven't really slept much even though I have had a proper place to sleep. We chilled to noonish and made some plans. Couple of long distance trips around the Toscana countryside. First place, Volterra. Old medieval castle about an hour away. We stopped in for about 2 hours and toured the city. The Roman Amphitheater was a small taste of things to come once I make it to Roma. As u can see in the pic, the dog liked it as well. They also have a...

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Apr 5, 2012 - Volterra

I've really enjoyed staying here, very relaxing and I hate to leave tomorrow. It's a working farm, owned by Genuino, Ivana and their daughter Claudia. Genuino is pretty amazing; A retired policeman from Arezzo, he always wanted to be a chef and live in the country, so he bought this place, completely remodeled it (mostly himself) and started growing wine grapes. He produces his own award-winning merlot, which is very tasty. He also produces olive oil, salami and proscuito. He also owns a restaurant in town, where I ate my first night. By...

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Nov 5, 2010 - Volterra

We bought tickets for the local bus to Volterra, a beautiful old walled city up in the Tuscany hills. Lots of narrow cobblestone streets to wander and look in the shops. Some of our group toured the local museum, but it was another sunny day so Robin and I walked to see an ancient Roman ampitheater. For lunch, we ate in small cafe and had the local vegetable soup with bread and a glass of vino. We enjoyed watching the locals come in to eat so we sat quite a while and then realized the staff was cleaning up and closing so we reluctantly...

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Jul 7, 2009 - Tuscany - Day 1 - Volterra

In another stunning display of transportation variety, we walked across Venice to take the vaporetto (water bus) to the train station, where we took the train to Florence, walked to the rental car place, rented a car, and drove it to our Bed & Breakfast in Tuscany. That took a long time, but when we arrived, we were very happy because it was so beautiful. We took a swim in the "biological" (ie, no chemicals) swimming pool. We went to have dinner in Volterra that night. Tuscany is very beautiful. This is the view from our parking spot....

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Nov 14, 2008 - Volterra

I am now typing on a keyboard in the Czech Republic but I will leave those details for another post. From Florence we travelled south to Volterra which is a lovely town sort of off the beaten track where there are some interesting alabaster workshops. Rick bought a hunk of alabaster and we will wait with bated breath to see if a sculpture might one day emerge. We stayed in a seminary - they still train priests there but in addition they rent out about 30 rooms in a building constructed in about 1400. The halls are long and huge and a bit...

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Oct 4, 2007 - Tuscany Day 3 - Volterra

Thursday, 04 October, Tuscany Day 3 - Montaigne, Volterra One of the first orders of business today was to get the flat tire fixed. Tire repair shops on the estate were few and far between, but we were directed to the nearest town, Montaigne, to have it repaired. We navigated our way there (not very far), and found a Fiat dealership (which looks amazingly like "flat dealership". I basically had no sooner pulled up near their service bays when one of the mechanics saw the spare tire on the car, and began directing us into one of the bays....

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