A trip report by Mel & Karen Ray
Bill, Linda, Sid & Cheryl left the Villa early for drive to Florence ... we relaxed and drove to Volterra ~1 hr.
Both of us were born and grew up in farming areas/communities ... we love the beauty of the Tuscany highly manicured vineyards and farmland ... as we drive along soaking it in and an occasional photo stop, we are 'touched' and so thankful for the opportunity to visit this land.
Volterra seems oblivious to the benefits of tourism ... talk is the Town has a feisty resistance to all change ... story is during a recent Town meeting a local is recorded as complaining about running an Internet cable to Town ... "The Etruscans didn't need it ... why do we?" (sound familiar?)
We enjoyed three things about Volterra ... the beautiful drive .... the panoramic view from high at the edge of the Town wall ... and, the availability of spectacular Alabaster ... huge mines nearby.
A pretty day and fulfilling adventure.