Blog Post Archive

1Welcome to Volterra!
2About Volterra
3Of all places, why Volterra?
4A little about me
5Volterran Facts and Myth
6T-minus One
7A rocky start
8We’re going to need fans!
9Ti piace il sale?
10My Scooby-doo moment
11Hot deals, but not hot wheels
12Holiday day! Eating out.
13Eating in again
14Of Markets and Mazzolla
15A walk in the park
16Booze and Books
17We Blitz-Visit 4 Hilltowns
18August Strikes Again
19Bibbona, Bolgheri and Prepping for the Medieval Festival
20Roll out those days…
21The calm before the storm
22Volterra AD1398 Festival, Day 1, Part 1
23Volterra AD1398 Festival, Day 1, Part 2
24A Trip to Massa Marittima
25A Haircut and Shopping before Ferragosto
26A Trip to Pisa
27Volterran Antiquities and Medieval Fest Opening 2
28Medieval Festival – Day 2
29San Gimignano by Night
30The Beach and a Farewell
31Nothing Much Happened Here Today
32The Psychiatric Hospital Exhibit
33Soup, and the ‘Ludus Balistris’ – Crossbow Competition
34The Original Sword in the Stone, and Casole d’Elsa
35A Lazy Day, Mostly In
36Goodbye dosh, plus The Museum of Sacred Art
37A Couple of Walks and the Trouble with TIM
38Montegemoli and a Cheat Meal
39An Anniversary Meal at Del Duca
40Blogflash: Take a bow, Querceto!
41Another Visitor
42Shaking off a Stomach Bug
43Monteriggioni and Colle di Val d’Elsa
44All is Quiet in Peccioli
45Going Up in San Miniato
46Race? What Race?!
47Terriciola, Castelalfi and Montefoscoli
48Back to La Rosa
49Lari and the Pasta Factory
50The Red Night and the Prison
51A Tuscan Cooking Class
52A Little R and R
53A Grand Lunch at Del Duca
54Volterra’s Art Museum
55A Walkabout in Florence
56A Stroll in Siena
57Who wanted to go to Navacchio anyway?
58Inside Volterra’s Cathedral
59Suvereto, Campiglia Marittima and Populonia
60Palazzo dei Priori and the Etruscan Museum
61Spending 4 more weeks in Volterra – with Anxiety
62Flying to Italy – 22/07/2020
63First full day – 23/07/2020
64A blurry day – 24/07/2020 in a new tab)
65A functional Saturday – 25/07/2020—25-07-2020/
66Keeping it safe in Volterra – 26/07/2020—26-07-2020/
67Work, Bank, Work – 27/07/2020—27-07-2020/
68Walk, work, food and me – 28/07/2020—28-07-2020/
69A Tale of two Walks – 29/07/2020—29-07-2020/
70Archaelogical Dig, Pomerance and Montegemoli – 31/07/2020—31-07-2020/
71Another Stay Staycation – 01/08/2020
72Chianti Country – 02/08/2020
73Exploring La Fontana dei Ponti – 03/08/2020—03-08-2020/
74Here goes nothing – 04/08/2020—04-08-2020/
75Our glowing balls – 05/08/2020
76Hospital Stroll – 06/08/2020
77Lunch at Del Duca – 07/08/2020—07-07-2020/
78Gambassi Terme and Montaione – 08/08/2020—08-07-2020/
79Down by the Riverside – 09/08/2020—09-08-2020/
80Osteria Fornelli – 10/08/2020—10-08-2020/(opens in a new tab)
81The Acquarium in Livorno – 11/08/2020—11-08-2020/
82The Tower and the Theatre – 12/08/2020
83Siena and Shoe Shopping in Ambra – 13/08/2020—13-08-2020/
84The Cathedral – 14/08/2020—14-08-2020/
85Staying in Volterra – 15/08/2020—15-08-2020/
86The Borghi, the Balze and Dinner at Del Duca – 16/08/2020—16-08-2020/(opens in a new tab)
87Casale Marittimo – 17/08/2020Casale Marittimo – 17/08/2020 – Our Man In Volterra
88Just a Day in Volterra – 18/08/2020
90Walking in the Curragh and What’s Going on in Volterra Now?
91I Became My Anxiety
92Symptoms, Setback and Walks
93How I’m Healing and a Walk in the Curragh
94Cosa sta succendo a Volterra?
95Virtual Tour of Volterra #1
96Agoraphobia: Getting the Heck Outta Here
97Virtual Tour of Volterra #2
98We Came Back, Baby (04/08/2021)
99Long and Lovely Lunch at Terra di Mezzo (05/08/2021)
100Siena, Monteriggioni and A Golden Hour Walk (06/08/2021)
101Of Markets and Fine Food (07/08/2021)
102Etruscan Tombs and Another Day in Volterra (08/08/2021)
103Massa Marittima and a nice Night Walk (09/08/2021)
104Lunch Rescued! (10/08/2021)
105A Trip to the I Gigli Mall (11/08/2021)
106To the Beach and Casale Marittimo! (12/08/2021)
107Wine Tasting at Marcampo (13/08/2021)
108Goodbye, Hello, Pink Floyd and Montecatini (14/08/2021
109Miniature/s at the Theatre (15/08/2021)
110Of Borghe and San Gimignano (16/08/2021)
111Not very expensive drinks at Terre di Mezzo (17/08/2021)
112Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia (18/08/2021)
113A Rest Day in Volterra (19/08/2021)
114Castellina and Castelnuovo Berardegna in the Chianti area (20/08/2021)
115Separate walks and a trip to Chianni (21/08/2021)
116Prison, Tournament, then Home (22/08/2021)
117Our Return in October (09/10/2021)
118The Vicopisano Market (10/10/2021)
119Il Teatro del Silenzio, Lajatico, Ghizzano (11/10/2021)
120To See a Friend in Florence (12/01/2022)
121Valdichiana Shopping Outlet, Foiano and Lucignano (13/10/2021)
122Bathroom Remodelling and Winning Writing Competitions (14/10/2021)
123The Lovely Castiglione della Pescaia (15/10/2021)
124Going Home Again – A Meal in Kilcullen (16/10/2021)
125 Return to Volterra for Christmas (20/12/2021)
126A Volterran Walk, Art in La Sassa and a Cloudy Sunset in Micciano (21/12/2021)
127Christmas Markets in Montepulicano and Dinner at Del Duca (23/12/2021)
128Christmas Eve in a foggy Volterra – a meal at Terra di Mezzo (24/12/2021)
129An Extraordinary Christmas Lunch! (25/12/2022)
130A Wet Florence and another Farewell (26 & 27/12/2021)
131Volterra 2022 – Tuscan City of Culture – What’s On?
132Another trip back! (01/05/2022)
133A Walk and Some Stunning Pasta at La Vecchia Lira (02/05/2022)
134Day not at ‘Leisure’ #1. Our First Earthquake! (03/05/2022)
135Day at ‘Leisure’ #2 (04/05/2022)
136A Rainy Day at Home (05/05/2022)
137Market Day at Colle di Val d’Elsa and Meeting New Friends in Del Duca (06/05/2022)
138A Quiet one on Market Day (07/05/2022)
139Strawberry Fair at Terricciola, lunch in Casciana Terme (08/05/2022)
140We Climbed a Tower in San Gimignano (09/05/2022)
141Getting Stuffed at La Pace (10/05/2022)
142The Devil’s Bridge and Bagni di Lucca (11/05/2022)
143Lunch in the Middle of Nowhere and Exploring Poggibonsi (12/05/2022)
144Strolling Days (13 and 14/05/2022)
145Fun Lunch at a Flowery Vicopisano and Dinnner at Del Duca (15/05/2022)
146That was the (food of the) week that was – Photolog (16-19/05/2022)
147International Bee Day, Day 1 (20/05/2022)
148Bee Day Day 2, Volterra Comics and Fantasy Day 1 (21/05/2022)
149A Trip to Livorno, Volterra Comics and Fantasy Day 2 (22/05/2022)
150That was the food of the week that was 2 (23/05-27/05)
151A Del Duca Memory (14/04/2018)
152Why are people so quiet about you, Follonica? (28/05/2022)
153Roadtrip! Our Return in August/September (19/08/2022)
154Collecting Guests and Showing Volterra off (20/08/2022)
155A Long Expected Party (21/08/2022)
156Down by the Boboli Gardens (22/08/2022)
157A Tiny Market, Casale Marittimo and Querceto (23/08/2022)
158A Manbag, A Manbag, My Kingdom for a Manbag (24/08/2022)
159Lunch Nearby, but in the Middle of Nowhere (25/08/2022)
160Shopping in Empoli, eating at Del Duca (26/08/2022)
161Markets, Crossbows and another guest! (27 & 28/08/2022)
162The Livorno Foodmarket (29/08/2022)
163Casale Marittimo Redux… Redux (30/08/2022)
164Quick Trip to Pontadera (31/08/2022)
165The Pretty Deep Montecatini Val di Cecina (01/09/2022)
166Marina di Pisa and a Drive Along the Coast, and a Riparbella Memory (02/09/2022)
167A Saturday to Forget, a Sunday to Help Remember (03+04/09/2023)
168Another Working Week (05/09 to 09/09/2022)
169Red Night with Friends (10/09/2022)
170Turnabout is Fair Play (11/09/2022)
171The Calm Before A Disaster (12&13/09/2022)
172Happiness and Disaster (14-16/09/2022)
173A Tricky Journey Home – Airtravel Wheelchair-bound (17+18/09/2022)