VOLTERRA

Volterra

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Time passing by and history, art and people’s stories throughout the millennia: this is Volterra.
The city, with its past as an Etruscan capital, a Roman settlement and a medieval city and currently a treasure chest of masterpieces, dominates the beautiful Valdicecina.



Walking through the town’s many piazze, towers, churches, gardens and vaults up to the top of the hill, one can admire the roaring hills with their fields of olive trees and grapevines fading into the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The noble city of Volterra is awaiting you, with its mysterious and magical aura and fun nature, ready to enchant you.

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Built on a hilly ridge of the Pliocene, between the valleys of Era and Cecina, surrounded by a double row of walls, the Etruscan and the medieval ones, Volterra, in the province of Pisa, (545 m. a.s.l.) is one of the most important centers of Tuscany, both for the presence of monuments that witness to the civilizations that have succeeded one another during 30 centuries, and for the production of Tuscan alabaster. The objects made with it today are among the most typical and traditional products of Italian craftsmanship.



Inhabited since the Neolithic period, the town experiences the period of Villanovan culture on which the Etruscan civilization flourishes in the 8th century. Once become one of the 12 lucumonies of the Etruscan nation, in mid-3rd century B.C. it is subjected to Rome of which it becomes an important municipality.



Once Christianity settled in, Volterra followed very soon the new faith and at the fall of the Roman Empire (479 A.D.) it became the seat of the bishop at the head of a very large diocese. After the barbarian domination and the bishops’ rule, the free commune is affirmed, formulating its own statutes since the first half of the 12th century. But its autonomy did not last long. Free from the power of the bishop-count and the rule of the Belfortis (1361), it had to struggle against the hegemonic politics of Florence. Open attempts to rebellion (1429), measures to put up with the situation, compromises and apparent friendship only delayed the final subjection to Florence, which took place in 1472 on account of the alum quarries of Volterra.



Today, Volterra is a town still untouched by the hectic pace of contemporary life and the visitors to Volterra immediately have the impression of finding themselves in a particular city, where one has a feeling of living in an ancient time, among the narrow streets of a medieval village, among the crafts that are deeply rooted in an Etruscan past.

With its mainly medieval appearance it contains huge quantities of Etruscan findings, such as the Porta all’Arco dating back to the 4th century, the Acropolis, the walls still visible in some parts of the city. The Roman presence in Volterra is documented by the important ruins of the Theatre of Vallebona, from the Augustan Age, spa buildings, and a big water cistern. The medieval look of the town is not only evident in the urban layout, but it stands out especially in the palaces, the tower-houses and churches: the Palazzo dei Priori of the 13th century, Palazzo Pretorio, with the embattled tower called ‘del Porcellino’, the two groups of Towers of the Buonparentis and the Bonaguidis, the tower-houses Toscano, the Cathedral of the 12th century, that contains works from the medieval and renaissance period, the Baptistry, an ancient construction dating back to the 13th century, made of rows of Volterran stone, the convent church of St. Francis with the adjacent chapel of the Cross “di giorno”, frescoed by Cenni di Francesco in 1410, the church of St. Michael “in foro” with its Pisan facade as well as the church of St. Alexander.



The Renaissance civilisation affects Volterra in a remarkable way, but without altering the medieval atmosphere. Just to mention some: Palazzo Minucci-Solaini, perfectly set among the medieval tower-houses, Palazzo Incontri Viti, which has the elegant 19th century theatre Persio Flacco in its courtyard, Palazzo Inghirami, Palazzo Ruggieri, the convent complex of St. Jerome with the Della Robbias’ earthenware items, as well as the Medici’s Fortress that, rising on the medieval built-up area, is the beginning and the end of the urban context.



In addition to the monuments and the numerous testimonies of art and history, Volterra offers the view of the surrounding rolling hills that is abruptly interrupted on the west by the wild and impressive spectacle of the Balze. The erosion phenomenon has determined the destruction of the most ancient Etruscan and Italic necropolises, of the most ancient Christian churches and the ruins of the Badia Camaldolese of the 11th century.

Finally, Volterra has three museums of a remarkable historical and artistic value.



  • The Guarnacci Museum is one of the most important museums in Italy for the wealth of Etruscan-Roman heritage artifacts.

  • The Pinacoteca (picture gallery) and the Civic Museum contain valuable tables from the Senese and Florentine schools, among which the “Deposition from the Cross” by Rosso Fiorentino.

  • The Museum of the Opera del Duomo, of remarkable importance not only for the abundance and variety of the textile materials, but especially for the jewellers’ crafts, the illuminated antiphonaries and the 14th century sculptures from the Senese school.

view of Volterra from the installation by Staccioli

Priori Palace

Porta all’Arco

direction Porta all’Arco

panorama with the church of San Giusto

Roman Theatre

Piazza dei Priori

alabaster, stone of light

San Felice springs

the Baptistery

Council Hall in the Palazzo dei Priori

Porta San Francesco

the etruscan walls

A cinema-worthy land

Volterra is beautiful and authentic, naturally charming and with a thousands-year old history. It’s the perfect movie set for the best actors and directors!

Volterra’s borghi

Discover the history and the nature

Saline di Volterra

Villamagna

Montemiccioli

Mazzolla

Roncolla

Sensano

Events in the area of Volterra

to discover this beautiful land

From Friday 28 May

The Cathedral of Volterra: nine centuries of Art and Faith


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From Thursday 8 July

IN AENIGMATE


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Friday 22 October

The Salina Locatelli and the purest salt of Italy


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Saturday 23 October

Lombroso and the former psychiatric hospital of Volterra


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Saturday 23 October

The Salina Locatelli and the purest salt of Italy


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From Saturday 23 October

Volterragusto


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Where to stay in Volterra

Ostello Chiostro delle Monache

Agriturismo Diacceroni

Agriturismo Podere San Lorenzo

Agriturismo Serraspina

Agriturismo Fattorie Inghirami

Podere Pavone

Albergo Molino d'Era

Albergo Villa Nencini

Hotel San Lino

Tuscany Forever

Hotel la Locanda

Agriturismo Casanuova

Casa Vacanze il Vile

Albergo Villa Rioddi

Primavera Bed&Breakfast

Agriturismo S. Michele

Villa Palagione - Centro Interculturale

Villa Mascagni

Azienda Agricola Lischeto

Agriturismo La Burraia

Borgo Pignano

Agriturismo la Mandriola

Camping le Balze

Agriturismo Il Mulinaccio

Hotel Volterra In

Albergo Diffuso Volterra

Agriturismo Marcampo

La Pecora Nera

Agrihotel Il Palagetto

Albergo Etruria

Agriturismo Casa al Bosco

Agriturismo Fraggina

Residence il Portone

Agriturismo Villa Montaperti

Agriturismo Vaianino

Santa Vittoria

Albergo Foresteria

Albergo Africa

Agriturismo Orgiaglia

Hotel Antica Badia

Agriturismo Villa Scopicci

Agriturismo Escaia

Where to eat in Volterra

Ristorante Vecchia Lira

Consorzio Pecorino delle Balze Volterrane

Emporio del Gusto

Ristorante Life Bistrot

Eudania Ristorante Self Service

Pasticceria Migliorini

La Cantina di Fabio

Ristorante Don Beta

Ristorante Enoteca Del Duca

Ristorante da Beppino

Da Pina - La Taverna della Terra di Mezzo

Profumo di Pane

Osteria dei Poeti

Ristorante Osteria dei Fornelli

Ristorante Le Cantine del Palazzo

Enjoy cafè

Ristorante Etruria

Pizzeria Alla Vecchia Maniera

Ristorante il Poggio

Bar l'Incontro

Porgi l'altra Pancia

Ristorante Ombra della Sera

Ristorante La Carabaccia

Tenuta MonteRosola

Frantoio dei Colli Toscani

Bar Gelateria Lo Sdrucciolo

VolaTerrA

Dolceria Del Corso

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Dal IV secolo a.C. in avanti i reperti archeologici aumentano ed è possibile ripercorrere la storia della città che raggiunse il suo massimo splendore quando le città etrusche meridionali (Veio, Tarquinia, Cerveteri, Vetulonia ecc.) iniziarono a decadere a causa della loro vicinanza con la nascente potenza di Roma. Volterra era collocata molto più lontano e soprattutto era situata su un colle difficilmente accessibile e protetto da mura possenti. In quel periodo la città ebbe un grande sviluppo della sua economia basata sullo sfruttamento delle miniere di rame e d'argento poste nei dintorni; oltre che di minerali il territorio volterrano era ricco di pascoli, foreste e di attività agricole. Il vicino fiume Cecina e la sua valle furono la naturale via di comunicazione verso il mare favorendo i commerci. La vita politica e sociale era dominata dall'aristocrazia locale, con a capo la famiglia dei Ceicna, che seppe garantire un notevole benessere e anche una certa indipendenza. La parziale indipendenza venne mantenuta anche quando Velathri fu costretta, ultima tra le Lucumonie etrusche, a riconoscere la supremazia di Roma e a entrare verso la metà del III secolo a.C. nella confederazione italica con il nome di Volaterrae.
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Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera S.c.r.l.
Piazza dei Priori 19/20 - 56048 Volterra (PI) - PIVA 01308340502
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