Emanuele Stefanori & Michela Guida, translated into English by Ruth Stephens
Chapter 2 – The Travellers’ Restaurant
“My wife and I set off this afternoon straight after work for a weekend in Florence. We decided to go across country in order to enjoy the beautiful Tuscan scenery.
We arrived at the outskirts of Volterra at around 7.30 pm. By then it was getting dark, and raining hard. We were afraid of getting lost as we didn’t know the road and we were also hungry. Fortunately we saw a restaurant that was open, and went in.
“And what was it called, this restaurant?” asks the inspector.
“It was raining too much and too dark for us to see the sign. But it was on the main road, just before you get to the centre of Volterra.”
“Ok, can you describe it?”
“Of course, Inspector. It wasn’t very big. There was a fireplace just inside and wooden tables. On the walls there were hunting trophies and old photos of the town. At one end there was a counter with salami, prosciutto, sausage….”
“Ah, yes, I know it! The Travellers’ Restaurant. And what is so important about this place?”
“Because it was there that a man was killed!”