Tag Archives: Tuscany

Montepulciano

coppersmith’s shop, “temple” of San Biagio I don’t remember when this trip took place, maybe summer of 2004. You might also like: San Pellegrino: The Remains of the Grand Hotel Ferrari Gallery Tuscany Gallery Pitigliano

Tempio di San Biagio

coppersmith’s shop, “temple” of San Biagio

I don’t remember when this trip took place, maybe summer of 2004.

Tuscany Gallery

The full set of photos from our trip to the Chianti region, including shopping in Greve and at Falorni. You might also like: Montepulciano Some Lesser-Known Places to Visit in Italy Macelleria Falorni: A Long-Standing Tradition in Greve del Chianti Ceramics, Embroidery – and a Nice Chianti

The full set of photos from our trip to the Chianti region, including shopping in Greve and at Falorni.

Ceramics, Embroidery – and a Nice Chianti

Shopping in Greve del Chianti End your shopping day at the wine center, where you can taste “Super Tuscans” and all the other wonderful wines of Chianti. ^ top: This is the only town I’ve seen in Italy with its own logo. You might also like: Some Lesser-Known Places to Visit in Italy Tuscany Gallery Read More…

Shopping in Greve del Chianti

Greve del Chianti

Italian ceramics

wine tasting room, Greve del Chianti

End your shopping day at the wine center, where you can taste “Super Tuscans” and all the other wonderful wines of Chianti.

^ top: This is the only town I’ve seen in Italy with its own logo.

Volterra: An Ancient Town in Tuscany

The old Roman roads still serve, though they’ve been repaved a few times in the last few millennia. We left Rome on the Via Aurelia (which goes up the west coast from Rome to Genoa), heading for a friend’s summer house in Marina di Bibbona in the Maremma region of Tuscany. Marina di Bibbona is Read More…

The old Roman roads still serve, though they’ve been repaved a few times in the last few millennia. We left Rome on the Via Aurelia (which goes up the west coast from Rome to Genoa), heading for a friend’s summer house in Marina di Bibbona in the Maremma region of Tuscany. Marina di Bibbona is a resort town with little to recommend it unless you’re there for the beach. Our friend commented that, since the tourists who come there are mainly German, there aren’t any good restaurants. <grin>

Leaving Marina di B., we headed east to Volterra, originally founded during the 8th century BC by the Etruscans. Like many such towns in Italy, it is richly layered with the accretions of successive conquering cultures.

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A long-exploited natural resource of the area is alabaster, found in the surrounding hills in the form of large and small nodules embedded in clay. The artisans of Volterra carve this soft, luminous stone into urns, tabletops, lamps, statues, and chess sets. The most interesting work we saw was a chess set with pieces in the liknesses of film stars (Marilyn Monroe for the queens, John Wayne for the knights, etc.). The board was made of separate, undulating strips of celluloid – all carved from alabaster, of course.

alabaster lamp, Volterra

Left: An alabaster lamp.