From its location on a hill 550 meters above the valley of the Cecina, Volterra
, jewel of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance Tuscany dominates the unique landscape of the frills.
It is a place of vast cretaceous expanses, furrowed by chasms that, over the centuries, have swallowed cemeteries, churches and cyclopean walls.
On the edge of the precipice, there are remains of Etruscan walls and the Badia Church
In this "magical and mysterious" city, you can find traces of three thousand years of history, which have made Volterra unique amongst the cities of art.
Vestiges of the Etruscan period include the Porta all’Arco
, the necropolis of Marmini
and the finds in the Etruscan Museum Guarnacci
; the Theatre of Vallebona
, however, is from the Roman period. The structure of the city, with its narrow streets, the tower houses and churches, is reminiscent of the Middle Ages; likewise Renaissance civilization has left its mark, with its superb palaces, but it has not affected the medieval atmosphere that surrounds Volterra.
A city "of wind and stone", as D'Annunzio said, Volterra is also a city of museums. As well as the Etruscan Museum
, we find the Art Gallery
, with notable contemporary works from Siena and Florence, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
, which collects works of jewellery and sculptures from 3rd Century Siena and the Museum of Sacred Art with paintings, sculptures, vestments and religious objects.
Volterra is not only about art and history, but offers many kilometres of landscape to be enjoyed on foot, on horseback or by bike in which visitors can discover typical places and beautiful nature.
Next to this pristine landscape, there is a high quality of life which is still on a human scale and an artisan craft which is unique in the world: alabaster.
The processing of this warm and bright stone has been handed down from father to son for thousands of years and today it represents one of the greatest expressions of Italian and Tuscan artistry. Small masterpieces in alabaster can be found in the characteristic workshops of the historic centre and in numerous exhibitions in the city.
We cannot forget to mention the famous gastronomic traditions
of Tuscany with its ribollita soup, potatoes with tomatoes, Florentine tripe and lamprey. This area produces pecorino, ricotta, salami, and is one of the richest truffles.
During the summer, Volterra also offers cultural events, such as Volterra theatre, concerts of classical and modern music and various art exhibitions and cultural events.