Our first days under the Tuscan sun were spent with good friends in their home away from home in a tiny little village just south of Pisa. We arrived on the 28th of June, our 38th anniversary, and celebrated with a lovely Italian dinner out in their garden.
The next day we were ready to explore the area, filled two cars and drove over to Volterra, the hometown of alabaster. On the way we had a stop in Teatro del Silenzeo, outside Lajatico, the hometown of Andrea Bocelli. Bocelli helds a concert in this amphi theatre once every July, the rest of the year the theatre remains silent. The picture of me and Terje was taken outside the theatre.
Volterra is known worldwide because of its alabaster, and the amazing alabaster art.
After lunch on the main piazza in Volterra, Terje and I did a walk, and almost by chance we found an alabaster workshop. Free entrance, and a great possibility to watch this amazing craft.
Our bank would come after us to Tuscany if we tried buying one of the main alabaster pieces of art, I am sure. But luckily, they also sold more simple stuff, still very beautiful, for people like us, and suddenly Terje found his wife with a new nativity and a new Easter egg. With the bank remaining silent.
We left the workshop,
found other treasures,
and had gelato and coffee before heading back to our friends.