Monday, May 07, 2007

Volterra and Rosso

Volterra is a Tuscan hilltop fortress town outside of Florence. We spent two nights in a friend’s apartment overlooking the main plaza. Volterra is famous as the town of Rosso Fiorentino, another Mannerist painter. His deposition is just as moving as Pontormo’s, the colors more intense.
Visited my friend’s main house in the valley below, a restored farm surrounded by vineyards and rolling green hills. He has ducks, geese, and ostriches. He fed us pasta and pizza with capers, raw artichokes and fennel dipped in homemade olive oil, wine and walnut liqueur. Who cared if it rained a bit and our car got stuck in a ditch?

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