Podere San Lorenzo near Volterra, Italy




Sunday Afternoon Driving to the
Agriturismo Podere San Lorenzo near Volterra, Italy

The route to Volterra

For our drive from Carrara to the Podere San Lorenzo on Sunday, the GPS took us down a highway near the coast, the A12, also labeled the E80, and known as the Autostrada Azzura (Azure Highway or Blue Motorway.) We followed this as far as Pisa, then followed the Strada Grande Comunicazione Firenze-Pisa-Livorno east to the SP23 and then to the SR439dir.

Carrara to Volterra The route from Carrara to Volterra
Carrara to Volterra From Pisa to Volterra


Because I told the GPS simply to take us to Volterra, without a specific address for the agriturismo, it then had us turn off onto the Via Pisana, which brought us directly through the town of Volterra. Once there, I gave it the address of the Podere San Lorenzo and it brought us to our destination, to the east of Volterra.

Carrara to Volterra Turning off onto the Via Porta Diana toward Volterra.


Driving to Volterra

Here are some views of the drive to Volterra.

Carrara to Volterra Grape vines
Carrara to Volterra Grape vines


Carrara to Volterra
Carrara to Volterra


Carrara to Volterra
Carrara to Volterra


Carrara to Volterra A sculpture in the middle of a roundabout
Carrara to Volterra A sculpture in the middle of a roundabout


Carrara to Volterra A quintessential view of Tuscany


Carrara to Volterra Sunflowers
Carrara to Volterra More grape vines


Carrara to Volterra A gate in the city wall of Volterra


Carrara to Volterra
Carrara to Volterra


Podere San Lorenzo

In the afternoon we arrived at the agriturismo Podere San Lorenzo where we spent the next couple of days. An agriturismo is like a bed and breakfast, except that to be able to use the term agriturismo it has to be a working farm. The Podere San Lorenzo has about 1200 olive trees and make their own award winning olive oil.

Podere San Lorenzo We turned down a long, winding driveway to get to the Podere San Lorenzo.


Podere San Lorenzo Here is a view of the agriturismo from the driveway.
You can see some of the olive trees and off to the right is a fig tree.


Podere San Lorenzo The welcome sign.


Podere San Lorenzo This is a photo of the Podere San Lorenzo taken from the other side of the pond/swimming pool.


Podere San Lorenzo This is a photo I took through the screen in the window of our room.


Podere San Lorenzo This is looking from where we parked our car toward the doorway of the hallway that led to our room.
You can see the door of our room inside.


Podere San Lorenzo This is the view from the top of the steps toward our car.
Podere San Lorenzo And this is looking back down the driveway.
The garden is over the wall on the left.


The next few photos are some views of Tuscany from the Podere San Lorenzo.



Podere San Lorenzo
Podere San Lorenzo


Podere San Lorenzo
Podere San Lorenzo


Podere San Lorenzo
Podere San Lorenzo Here is a view of a portion of the garden.


Olive tree at Podere San Lorenzo You can see some of the young olives in this close-up of an olive tree.


Podere San Lorenzo


Podere San Lorenzo
Podere San Lorenzo


Podere San Lorenzo
Podere San Lorenzo


Podere San Lorenzo

Here is a close-up of the bell and chimney on top of the building. This was originally a Franciscan chapel. Pilgrims on their way to Rome would stop here to seek a night's lodging and sustenance.



Dinner in Volterra

Once we were checked in and had gotten settled, we took a drive back into Volterra to find a place to get something to eat. The Podere San Lorenzo can provide dinner if you request it, but not on the weekends. We found a Pizzaria Ristorante near the ancient Roman theater and had a very nice little meal. So far, we have not had a bad meal in Italy anyplace we have been.

Volterra, Italy A fountain in Volterra


Volterra, Italy Approaching Volterra


The place we stopped was near the ancient Roman theater.

Volterra, Italy
Volterra, Italy


Volterra, Italy
Volterra, Italy


Volterra, Italy The Pizzeria Ristorante La Taverna dell'Etrusco
Unfortunately the sign didn't come out too well in the photo
33 Viale Francesco Ferrucci 56048 Volterra Italia
(This place may have a new name now.)


Volterra, Italy Inside the Pizzeria Ristorante La Taverna dell'Etrusco









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