We spent last night and today in the Tuscan hill town of Volterra. It is a charming small town made for exploring, full of history and good food. We had a meal last night that our guide described as “demanding,” meaning that it demanded a lot of space in our stomachs. It was delicious and, even though we seem to be eating our way across Italy, I’ve had to tighten my belt due to the exercise we are getting.

Today we learned a lot about the Etruscans, saw alabaster being worked and started our shopping. This place is beautiful. I’m just sorry we have to move on in the morning to the Italian Riviera. Between now and then we have to suffer through a wine tasting and search out another decent meal. We’ll probably muddle through somehow.

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