(Earlier today, we were at the Vatican.
May 26th, 2009
We pointed the 159 north-east and pressed on the gas.
I had bought the Greece-Italy map extension for my Garmin 680 and was relieved to see it work without much fuss. I had imagined taking the wider, faster A1 autostrada to Volterra. The GPS seemed to find the coastal, narrower A12 a better option. I gave up my battle with the electronics after several attempts failed to get the GPS to take the route I wanted.
I was worried about finding our farmhouse “Fattoria Lisceto”. When I had tried to locate it on Google maps, it had put us in the middle of nowhere, a few miles away from a major road and that was after I had used the lat-long.
Around 11 PM, in the middle of nowhere, the GPS made the pompous “you have arrived” announcement. We turned back a few miles to the only ristorante we had seen open for sometime now.
The owners were ready to call it a day, though welcomed us, offered a glass of house wine, (and some milk for Rhea) and then raised Lisceto on the phono who immediately offered to come pick us up.
After taking two invisible turns, I realized, there is no way in heaven we would have found the place in dark. We were thankful to blindly follow Rositta’s taillights.
The farmhouse was asleep under a big full moon. We stumbled in and promptly fell asleep.
(Read on: We were put up at Lischeto in Volterra)