A Journey through Ages
Exploring Volterra is like undertaking a fascinating journey through the ages; with Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance pieces of art to discover.
Holding a dominant position, with its incredible Balze (cliffs), with extraordinary panoramic views over the Cecina and Era valleys, Volterra boasts Etruscan origins, dating back to the 5th century BC, as the imposing surrounding walls of defence, the famous Porta dell’Arco, and the Acropoli still testify.
Once you get to Volterra, you really have the impression of living in the past, of being part of an ancient medieval world, with dark, narrow streets and typical urban buildings such as the marvellous Palazzo dei Priori, the Romanesque Cathedral, or the churches of S. Francesco ad S. Michele.
Back to Roman Times
A must see is the Guarnacci Museum, which displays an unforgettable collection of Etruscan finds. If you then move forwards to Roman times, the spectacular ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre, dating back to the 1st century BC, will take your breath away.
The city is full of restaurants, pizzerias, and wine shops, where you can taste exquisite dishes, especially of mushrooms and wild animals, and drink a superb wine, the Chianti D.O.C produced in the Pisan hills.
Piazza dei Priori, considered by many as one of the most beautiful squares in all Italy, is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and have a break.
The city is also famous all over the world for the unique alabaster manifacturing, that you can admire in the several shops, where you could buy really original and beautiful souvenirs.
The trekking lover would be enthusiastic to explore the unique foot paths, ancient passages, and streams of clear water of the Cecina river, that disseminate the place.
An incredibly suggestive area, that will impress upon your memory for a long time.