The San Giusto Church in Volterra
dedicated to the Patron Saints of the city
The San Giusto church, named after one of the patron Saints of Volterra and located in the area of the Borgo San Giusto, is not the first church in the city bearing his name.
In the 12th century there were two churches, the old one named after San Giusto and one named after San Clemente, built on top of the tombs of the respective Saints. We know that because of the records of the exhumation of San Clemente’s body due to the instability of his church.
That first San Giusto church then collapsed in the “Balze”, Volerra’s characteristic badlands. Its building date is uncertain, but we know that a Christian cemetery was located there in the 4th or 5th century a.D., which leads us to believe that a cemetery church might have been built there. That’s the cemetery where the two saints San Clemente and San Giusto were buried, probably in a single grave that was then divided in the 12th century.