David’s Birth City
It is a tourist site … but apparently not in January. We pretty much had the place to ourselves. Well, us and the trucks carting out huge blocks of marble.
Following the map, and making a turn into this ridiculous tunnel was one of the umpteenth times I’ve realized there must not be as many lawyers in Italy as there are in the US. It was where the map told us to go – but when an 18 wheeler full of marble came up behind us and the road seemed to go nowhere but down … we were a little nervous. Fortunately, we found the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
After checking out the quarries, we headed way up to a tiny hilltop miners’ town called Colonnata. (Famous for Lardo di Colonnata – which looks like bacon, except it’s 99% fat.)
It was pretty neat to visit the workers town – though I get the impression that like a lot of small Italian towns, it is dying as the working generation retires, and the young people leave for the big cities.