After the whirlwind of activities and travel that spawned my last post, I decided to slow it down a little this past weekend (meaning I only traveled two days out of four). The other two were a nice break — I read a little, chatted with friends from home, and made a delicious spaghetti sauce which will conveniently save me some money on buying pre-made cans. I also hiked up to Piazzale Michelangelo to take some pictures of the city, and managed to see two weddings in the same while doing it! Apparently, Sept. 17 was the day to get married in Florence.
Anyway, when Friday arrived I was ready for a change, so I headed out to Volterra, a little Tuscan hilltop town. ”Why did you go there?” you may ask. The answer is that I hadn’t really experienced small-town Italian life yet, in addition to the fantastic Etruscan museum and Roman ruins inside the town. What I didn’t realize until I got there was that the town is also known for its alabaster — there were alabaster shops everywhere, with really impressive sculptures and lamps and such. To be honest, it couldn’t have been a better trip until it was time to go back — I missed my bus and had to wait an hour and a half for the next one, which would take me to a different city that I didn’t know where I would have to find the train station and get back to Florence. But, I did it. So all was well. : )
In any case, after resting (and studying) for a day on Saturday, my itchy, wander-lusting feet brought me to the Cinque Terre. What can I say about them? Seeing them has definitely been my favorite trip so far — unmatched beauty, cute friendly towns, and the most delicious zucchini creation I’ve ever had (it was a “torta di zucchini” a pie crust filled with a cheesy-potatoey mixture topped by zucchini). But to be honest, this is a situation where pictures say more than I ever could (don’t forget to click the link to see more!).
Just for Fun
Don’t forget to check out Pino Daniele, a folk-jazz musician!