We picked up our lease car in Nice. Our luggage only JUST fitted into the boot [trunk to my American friends].
|No spare room in the boot|
|View from Perinaldo hotel room down to the Mediterranean|
Gunter recommended a restaurant for our dinner, and phoned ahead to tell the hosts, Angelo and Patrizia, to expect us. We climbed up the hill to the restaurant, seeing more fantastic views with each corner we turned. On the way up we passed a lookout with astronomical paraphernalia, including a giant sextant. It was a cloudy night, but if it had been clear the view of the stars from that point. In fact it turns out that Perinaldo is the birthplace of the astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini.
|They couldn't even fix their sign|
We found this via trip advisor when we found ourselves in the area. The reviews their rated this hotel well, but that was not our opinion. The pictures on trip advisor make it look like this hotel in on the top of the hill with great views. It isn't. It is right down the bottom, with no views, and located on a busy road. Our room was next to that road. The site said it was 10 minutes drive from Volterra, it wasn't - it was twenty minutes drive. The whole place feels like the 70s, and the bathroom in particular needed updating. The shower had mould on the grouting, and the tiles were a horrible dusty pink. Add that to the green bathroom door with doorframe in a different green and it is not a good effect. The restaurant looked nice, but the meal was very average. I had papadelle with wilk boar, which was a meat ragout on the pasta, but it contained lots of little bit of bone. Quite offputting. There is no phone coverage, and no wifi. That might not matter to some people, but it was a problem for us.
|How the other half live|