Matilda's beloved Lucca was the favorite Tuscan city of the Countess of Canossa. Having read about Matilda I was interested in visiting the Cathedral San Martino, that she rebuilt to house the Volto Santo. Volto Santo is the relic (true face of Christ) supposedly carved by Nicodemus over 2,000 years ago. Andrée and I decided that should this not be the truth then we at least know Volto Santo existed in 1052 when Matilda first saw it.
Dinner again tonight was very good, we both enjoyed Chicken with Rosemary and grilled vegetables, and washed it down with a glass or two of wine. This was finished off nicely for the second night with a gratis Limoncello. It has been a lovely visit to Tuscany.
Andrée: We had a wonderful time wandering around Roma, Umbria and Tuscany. We have become quite practiced at finding our way from point to point by local train and tomorrow we are off to Venice for a more, um, watery experience of Italy. (Though I trust there will still be red wine to enjoy...)