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Travel Blogs from Castagneto Carducci
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Italy Driving Tip: Italy makes frequent use of speed cameras. They're called autoveloxes and the police are happy to mail you a speeding ticket if you fly by one too fast. This seems a bit unfair to me and I hope they never catch on in the U.S. Fortunately my Hertz Never Lost alerted me to most of them in advance, but I have a feeling I may receive a couple of additional charges on my credit card.
Settled earlier than 900 BC, Volterra is a treasure.
It has been continually inhabited since the end of the 8th century BC
It has Etruscan and Roman Ruins aplenty, great views to the valleys below, very good wine and eateries.
It is a beautiful town situated 40kms west of Siena. Because of its location the drive there, especially from the West is truly superb
Next time you are in Tuscany take a day out and spend some time in this place.
... was over to the Etruscan ruins which resembled the fences on the Stoney Rises on the way to Colac! Probably been here a bit longer, though. My next visit was the imposing fortress built on to the top of the cliff. I couldn't get in and assumed it was closed for Easter. I realised as I left that the fortress was a prison still being used and the guards were looking down on me from the walls above. I thought they were other ...
... impression of the cruise
Fabulous ship (Holland America's SS Neuwe Amsterdam). Just over 2000 passengers and just under a thousand crew. We wanted for nothing. We did have a couple of gripes but only inconsequential ones.
Having mentioned gripes, however, we have to give HAL a big bouquet for their staff who are superb. Always smiling, always helpful, and consistently so. Entertainment acts were likewise ...
Welcome to Livorno, Italy the jumping off port for Pisa, as in "The leaning tower of" and Firenze as the Italians say or Florence if you speak English. We decided to stay local and explore Livorno and hopefully find another gem of a place that serves cold beer, good local food and free WiFi like we found in Civitavecchia. Unfortunately, mother nature sent some dark clouds to pour down upon us so we spent part ...
- Swimming pool
- Free parking