The Countryside Surrounding Volterra

Trip Start Oct 04, 2006
Trip End Oct 21, 2006

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

After a good night's sleep in our charming room we woke up early and had breakfast in the hotel -- then went up the street, looking for food for our lunch later in the day.

The bus picked us up around 9am and our first stop was a pair of Etruscan tombs just outside of the city, built into the ground. They had ledges all the way around on which they set their funeral urns. Amazing...particularly since we had seen the funeral urns in the Etruscan museum yesterday and we could just imagine dozens of them set side by side on these dark, damp ledges.

Then off to the countryside. We were let off at a trailhead and headed into a lovely forest, stopping here and there to enjoy the view...and catch our breath since most of the morning was an uphill climb. (We're really getting in good shape!)

Around every corner was picture perfect views...neat, tidy farms of tuscan rubble and, everywhere, olive orchards and plowed fields, waiting for farmers to sow their next crop.

Lunch was at an agrituristo --a working farm that grows grapes and olives and also welcomes guests. We watched them bring in a load of grades and de-stem them. Even got to buy some of their olive oil!

Then, the down hill descent where we were met by our bus and taken back to Volterra. Had a little time to shop and sightsee before meeting the group at Wine and Web --and later for dinner.

A wonderful day. We just couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces most of the day. We are, perhaps, the luckiest people on Earth at this moment!

Ciao, Keri, Mike, Ken, Angela and everyone else back home if you're reading.

Love, K and G
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