In the heart of the Pisan Maremma, in one of the areas among the richest in history and attractions in Tuscany, there is Volterra, the city of alabaster.

History

Of ancient Etruscan origins (it was one of the main city-states of this mysterious population), it still retains numerous testimonies and structures relating to that period of great development. The city then lived in medieval and modern times all the ups and downs related to the struggles for the control of the territories and was subjected to Florence in the Medici era.

What to see?

Visiting the museums (the Etruscan Museum, the Civic Art Gallery, where you can see the Deposition of Rosso Fiorentino, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Ecomuseum of Alabaster) but also just walking through the streets of the historic center, you can admire the historical finds left from the Etruscan period up to the buildings dated to the nineteenth century.

Immersed in nature, far from industrialized areas, in Volterra you can still breathe the air of a country on a human scale in which the craftsmanship is alive and strong, famous above all for the processing of alabaster.

Inside the walls you can admire the Palazzo dei Priori, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, Piazza San Giovanni and the imposing towers.
Volterra offers many glimpses to photograph in the country and remains in the hearts of visitors also for the hills that surround it.

Curiosity of Volterra

Volterra is a city that has always attracted artists: in addition to the numerous films and TV series that were shot there, it was also an inspiration for writers of the caliber of D’Annunzio (Maybe yes, maybe not) and Cassola (Bube’s girlfriend).
Theater lovers will enjoy the famous VolterraTeatro festival, which offers spectators performances by artists of exceptional stature.

Tourism

Many tourist tours stop in Volterra which is 75 km from Florence, 70 km from Pisa and Livorno, 55km from Siena and 40 km from the Etruscan Coast.

 

 

Useful links

Municipality of Volterra