Volterra and San Gimignano, Italy

Last Sunday we headed out on another adventure around the Tuscany hills! We made sure not to get up too early because we didn’t want to be crabby for the trip! So we climbed into Lorenzo’s brand new Mini around 11am. Volterra was only about an hour and half drive so it didn’t make a lot of difference if we left early. We drove through the beautiful hills of Tuscany and up a lot of winding roads. When we got to Volterra we were surprised to see the snow piled up on the sides of the streets but just figured it was because of the higher altitude. We found a cute little Trattoria called “Il Pioggio” which means some form of “the hil” and we ate lunch there. It was really amazing, we had a mixed bruschetta plate, tagliatelle pasta with mushroom and truffle sauce and then percorino cheese (Ewe’s milk cheese–my FAVORITE thing) with honey. Then we had a pineapple cake and coffee to finish! It was really amazing for such a hidden and random place, but that’s the point in Italy! 🙂 After that we went on a walk through the streets and park of Volterra and Lorenzo found out from talking to some locals that it had snowed for 36 hours straight on Tuesday! So it was not normal for them to have so much snow, but there had been a bad storm. We enjoyed the quiet walk and the little authentic Italian town before we headed on to San Gimignano. San Gimignano is apparently a big tourist attraction for it’s location on the hills, the authentic ‘old Italian’ town and it’s gelato! I had never heard of it before Lorenzo brought it up a few days earlier, but I trust him and he knows what he is talking about when it comes to Italy so I said ok (I really wanted to go to Sienna–but that’s still to come!). San Gimignano is the cutest little town. It is up high on top of the hills and you can see it sitting up there like a giant walled castle as you are driving up the street. We reached it around 4pm and it was full of Italians and tourists alike. We walked into the main square and sat on the edge of the giant well that sits in the center. There were plenty of people there enjoying…

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