Off to Tuscany – Velvet Underground
Big driving day. Off to Genova to meet Max, who is playing the last 2 gigs. We put most of our stuff in his apartment, parked our tiny, little fuel efficient car in his parking spot and rode in his station wagon with him and his bass to Castiglion Fiorentino for a gig at Velvet Undergroud. Nice to have a break from driving, especially with all the tunnels. These tunnels were dug in the 60s and now is jammed full of vehicles. The right lane is almost a solid line of 18 wheelers that you have to squeeze past as it twists and turns.
We had probably our biggest laugh of the tour today, thanks to our GPS lady, who now has the name Griselda, like patient Griselda from Chaucer. We had to navigate up and up the hair pin folds of a street that she pronounced Via Gina Bustamente. When we were almost there, Slim declared that we only had 200 more feet of foreplay before we reached the Via Gina Bustamente.
Tuscany… WOW! Now we’re talking. This is the furthest south I have been in Italy and I can only hope that future tours will take us here and further. Max says that many people consider Tuscany as the part where Italy begins. This is certainly more in line with my idea of Italy. So many grape vines and villas and vistas. Stunning. Our little hotel is what they call Agrotourismo â€“ meaning we are staying on the property of a small vineyard. The old town center was…. well, one of the classic quotes from this trip came from Francie, but has been adopted by all
â€œWow… that’s some…. that’s some old shit.â€? She is earning her keep as our tour guide. And then of course the occasional ruined fortress elicits something like, â€œLook! That’s some REALLY old shit over there.â€? You have to say it like stoner to really get it.
Velvet Underground was cool and OLD. Here are some photos. There was a group of University of Texas students who came to our show because they are studying architecture there for the semester and staying in an old monastery around the corner from the club.
Best wine I had was made right there in Castiglion Fiorentino.