San Gimignano, Italy; Day 4

Today’s Adventures took us on a short drive through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to the town of Volterra. A walled city dating from the 8th Century BC, it featured narrow streets, charming outdoor eateries and a couple of playgrounds for the kids.

Palazzo dei Priori in Volterra

We wandered the 2800 year old streets to check out the ancient architecture and find a place for lunch.

While we were wandering, we noticed a couple of things. One, there were a LOT of adults walking around in costumes – Willy Wonka, Alice in Wonderland, goth something, Fortnite characters maybe. Honestly we weren’t sure what many of them were but there were a lot of costumes. Turns out today was a cos-play event of some sort in the main Piazza. We didn’t want to be rude and start snapping pictures of people – but trust us, it was a strange sight. Given the medieval architecture of the town at first glance you thought maybe they were period reenactors but then you saw laser weapons and knew it was something else.

The second interesting thing was that yesterday and today were ‘Bee Days’. This is a new event to highlight the importance of bees, particularly in an agricultural based town such as this one. There were some displays and decorations as well as cool photo ops for the kids.

After lunch we checked out the ruins of a Roman Theater and the walls of an acropolis that is Etruscan – the civilization that predates Rome.

We enjoyed our time in Volterra, the weather was fantastic and the town was charming, overall a great Saturday.

Trying to get a selfie with the Tower
Panoramic views from the city walls

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