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Volterra is the jewel of Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance art. It sits atop a hill looking out over the entire Valley of Cecina and all the way down to the sea.
Today, Volterra appears as a medieval city, where the atmosphere of the ancient Republic from the age of Communes can still be felt. However, all the periods of history from the Etruscans to the 19th century have left their marks on the city with works of arts and monuments of significant interest that can be found as one strolls through the streets of the historic city center.
The city is almost completely surrounded by 13th century walls with gates on its different sides to allow entrance to the city. A guide will show you the show you the hidden places that are most characteristic and lead you into the city through the twisting alleyways all the way to the beautiful Piazza dei Priori. This square stands in front of the domus comunis or city hall. Now the Palazzo dei Priori, this structure is rich in decorative elements including the glazed terracotta plaques that represent the coat of arms of the most powerful Florentine families.
Just a short walk away is Piazza San Giovanni dominated by the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta that houses several artistic masterpieces. From their we head through twists and turns through the most charming little streets in Volterra, lines with one of a kind shops alabaster artisans, as well as spectacular food and wine shops. Upon our arrival at the Etruscan wall and the panoramic viewpoint we can admire the famous “Balze di Volterra” cliffs that are the result of the erosion of the clay-based terrain. Do not miss the Roman theater built in the age of Augustus where you can breathe the history!
Also not to be missed is a stop at “la vecchia Lira”, a typical Volterran trattoria perfect for those trying to avoid tourist traps. Trust the owner to take care of you with passion and kindness, and recommend the specialties strictly prepared according to tradition and the idea of Slow Food.
Not to miss:
- Palazzo dei Priori
- The Duomo
- Roman Theater
- Etruscan Museum
- Pinacoteca Civica Painting gallery
- Museum of Sacred Art
- Museum of Medieval Torture
- Ecomuseum of alabaster
- Horse ride through the hills
- The Artistic route of Mauro Staccioli
Visit the historic city center with a specialized guide.
Volterra is only a 40 km drive from Porto di Cecina.
“La Vecchia Lira” Trattoria in the center of Volterra serves recipes steeped in Tuscan tradition made almost exclusively with ingredients produced within 1 km.
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