Day trip – Volterra and San Gimignano

Anya and I were able to sneak away for a day trip to Tuscany (Andy took on the younger girls and surprise, surprise, they were fantastic for him).  We took a trip through the base travel office to Volterra and San Gimignano.  While I did not enjoy waking up at 3:00 am and spending many hours on a tour bus winding up and down the hills of Tuscany while trying not to vomit, it was fun to get away just the two of us.  These walled towns are full of history. Volterra dates back to 400 B.C. and some structures there are just as old.  San Gimignano boasts so much medieval history in such a small fortress.  We walked and walked up stone-paved hills and streets, practiced our Italian with the locals, and bought some Chiani and Vernaccia wines local to the region.  Tuscany is beautiful – there really is no other way to describe it.  Even in the heat and the exhaustion from lack of sleep and walking, Anya and I could not help but admire the rolling hills, trees, and historic structures in these two cities.  I won’t write much but will let some of our pictures do the talking.  Enjoy!

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