When we woke up Wednesday morning the sun was shining and after that it never stopped shining. Wednesday was a travel day. Again we avoided the highways and drove on small roads through the Tuscan hills. Our azienda was situated at one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever stayed at. It was on the top of a hill and from the terrace/pool we looked over the Tuscan hills and San Gimignano.
We tried to visit San Gimignano in the afternoon but it was overcrowded with tourists (very popular city) and we decided to come back later when all the day tourists would be gone. We relaxed a bit at the pool and went back around 5 pm. At that time we could park our car and it wasn’t that busy anymore. We walked around for a bit and had dinner. I had a salad with ham and cheese. After dinner we bought an ice cream at one of the best ice cream salons in the world. I don’t like ice cream very much but this was good! (During the entire vacation I bought 3 ice creams, 2 here and 1 in Florence).
Thursday we went to the Island Elba. We hadn’t been there and we always wanted to go. Elba is the island to which Napoleon Bonaparte was banished after his defeat. We left the car and took the ferry to the island. This took about 1 hour. We walked around in Portoferraio. There were 2 houses where Napoleon stayed. The first one in Portoferraio was closed for renovation but his summer house was open for public. We took a bus to get there. The view from this house over Elba was magnificent.
At 5 pm we took the ferry back and drove back to the azienda. We stopped for dinner. I had Scallopine al limone with some fries and salad.
This was a long day. We left at 8 am and got back at 10 pm. We had a glass of wine at the terrace and went to bed because we were tired.
Friday was the day R. looked forward too the most: we had rented a Vespa scooter. We had decided the day before that we would go to Volterra.
Volterra was something I wanted to see because I’m a huge Twilight fan. And the part of New Moon that’s in Italy was filmed here. I recognized some buildings immediately from the movie. It was fun to see it and it was a lovely city. Volterra is mostly known for making the most beautiful things from albaster. Because I’m a Twilight fan R. bought me a gift: a Twilight apple made of albaster.
After touring around the entire day we returned it in San Gimignano and got another ice cream at the salon. You can see how busy it is. People were pushing to get in which I don’t get: you’re on vacation, what’s the hurry?
At night we had dinner at the azienda. Dinner is like this at an azienda: they don’t have menu’s, you eat what they make, everybody gets the same. We like this a lot because sometimes you get things you wouldn’t order yourself but are very good. We started with some antipasti, after that we got pasta with tomatoes and bacon, next course was chicken with mixed salad and dessert was tiramisu.
Tomorrow the last part of our journey.