Pierluigi, Jacopo and I spent two days discovering two Tuscany gems: Volterra and Bolgheri.
Sited on the confluence of the Cecina and Era Valle, Volterra is a very ancient city of Etruscan origin.
Volterra still has a typical medieval appearance which has been preserved almost intact over the centuries.
At the centre of the town is Piazza dei Priori surrounded by wonderful medieval buidings built in a mellow sienna coloured stone.
In addition, the town is well-know for its residents’ alabaster artistry. Alabaster is a form of crystallized chalk that has a delicate, milky but translucent texture.
Our discovery of Tuscany continues with the amazing Bolgheri.
The name Bolgheri comes from a Bulgarian military camp, allied with the Longobards
As can be seen, Bolgheri is a charming village on top of a round hill, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.
It’s perfect for a dinner out and for a nice and relaxing walk trough the Tuscan countryside. I definitely suggest a drive along the famous Viale dei Cipressi that leads to Bolgheri; this is a scenic, straight avenue, borded by majestic and ancient cypresses leading you in front of the Bolgheri's Castle.
But Bolgheri is olso world famous for its wines : Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Tua Rita, Tenuta Argentiera, Guado al Tasso…hats off !!
Cheers guys !!!!