The Ol' Prison Town

Volterra Travel Blog

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San Gimignano Volterra is not.  But, what's not to love about a quiet hilltop town that has an old stone fortress still being used as a prison and an Etruscan graveyard and archaeological site?

After drinking wine all afternoon at the Torciano Winery, we hit the cafe in Volterra.  Of course there was the daily debate among us about Italian coffee.  Some of the group believed that American "drip" coffee is real coffee and others believed that an espresso is real coffee.  Although I tried to fool people, they would not accept the Cafe Americano -- no matter how watered down it was -- as American "drip" coffee.  You'd figure that in this age of four Starbucks per block in the United States that people would get used to espesso drinks....

Volterra was a pretty town.  It was much more quiet than San Gimignano and there were a lot less tourists.  The churches and museums were nice if you'd rather do the indoor thing.  I would go back to Volterra again, but not at the expense of San Gimiganano because the views from the Torre Grosso are fantastic.

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