Fairy Tale Fantasy
We arrived in the quaint Etruscan fairy tale town of Volterra late afternoon. The Etruscans were a
civilization even more ancient than the Romans! The streets were so narrow that the bus dropped us off at the main entrance to the town and we walked the few blocks to the Hotel La Locanda.
This is where Rick's advice to pack light is appreciated! (see some packing tips & downloadable packing list below.)
After settling into our rooms, Sarah took us on a quick walking tour. She was so excited to show us a piece of history that wasn't discovered until the 1950s! She made us walk along a wall and not look until she told us to. When we got the word, we turned around to see one of the oldest and well preserved Roman theatres
in all of Italy. Built in the 1st century B.C. it was later used as a rubbish heap and was completely buried until excavations uncovered it in the mid-20th century. Whoa. My brain can hardly comprehend this.
Dinner this evening was at the La Carabaccia restaurant, a small family owned establishment where our entire group filled the dining room! We ate this glorious food family style and Tony taught our tour mates about respect. Stuffed tomatoes, gnocchi with bright beautiful pomodoro sauce, homemade pasta with wild boar sauce. Yep, you hear me, WILD BOAR! And oh my gosh, was it ever amazing.
Rick Steves offers great packing tips! Thankfully
we heeded his advice and we each took one
small carry on roller bag (with packing cubes!)
and one backpack.
Lay out all your clothes
Now put half of them back
Sink laundry is your friend
Ask your guide or hotel for opportunities
to do laundry
You're welcome (you can thank me later!)
Click on my suitcase for a downloadable packing list!
Wine flowed, laughter filled the air, friendships deepened. I felt immesely happy to be sharing this place, this moment, with these people who appreciated every moment as much as we did.
Buona notte Volterra. Fino a domani.
Day 3 (part ii) Photo Highlights
Etruscan history, alabaster, wine tasting, oh my!