Riva degli Etruschi
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
We both didn't sleep that well but woke up and had a good phone call with Alexander. After getting organized and having breakfast we left Ambra, lightly packed, for a couple of days of special stuff to do for Craig’s birthday. Today we drove to Volterra – about 87 kms away. We have booked a 1900 Villa hotel at the bottom of the Etruscan Arch leading into this walled city. We had had a quick ...
... progress. After another hour they passed 95, so I got in line at a Europcar desk and simply rented another car. It cost an extra €80 for the week, but that was worth the 2 hours saved standing in line. Lesson learned: don't rent the least expensive car in Rome on a Saturday! Over the next five hours we drove to Tuscany and picked up groceries in San Gimignano, a hill town close to the villa we'd rented. The hill towns in France had narrow gravel ...
... up for dinner. Prior to dinner, one of the leaders Howard gave a great explanation of the history of an olive oil orchard and their emphasis on quality. He brought 3 bottles for us to sample with our dinner. Very unique tastes that I would never think were olive oil - very flavorful and smooth. Dinner was unbelievable...there was again several antipasto dishes including breads, vegetables ...
... Many manoeuvres resemble martial arts combined with juggling, with up to six flags, using their hands, behind their knees and their feet. It was spectacular! The cathedral at Volterra was more spectacular inside than outside with a fabulous ceiling of blue and gold, many beautiful chapels and magnificent artwork. We walked on to the Roman ruins which included a few columns, tunnels and an amphitheatre. Pretty impressive. ...
Day 264 2 hrs, 4.3 kms I figure I'll make one more stop before my next big destination of Livorno. So I hop off the train in the town of San Vicenzo and find... another beach town. This one does have bit more density to it, with a boardwalk and pedestrian street near the sea, and residential neighborhood up into the hills--probably mostly summer homes... Let's move ...