As my countdown to Italy continues, I am looking back at our first trip
together to Italy in 2006. We were staying in Siena for a few days, and decided
to rent a Smart car to explore Tuscany. We headed north to Pisa, and on the way
back, took a route closer to the coast. We were driving along and saw this town
high in the hills. We decided to stop and check it out. Wow, Volterra is a
beautiful little town overlooking Tuscany. We parked in a garage and started
walking around. Above the town, we saw a really cool building and wondered
what it was. It turned out to be the Medici Fortress, a high-security prison.
I found out later, that on Fridays, a gourmet restaurant inside is open to the
public served by inmates! It is quite popular, and reservations are required.
But we ate a different restaurant, and it was one of the best meals I had in Italy.
Volterra is known for selling items made of alabaster. Personally, I was not
interested in those souvenirs, even though they had some really nice things.
My favorite part was being able to see the sunset over the hills of Tuscany.
Some of the best things that happen on a trip were never planned!