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What to see in Volterra

The medieval Pearl a few kilometers from Pisa

Volterra, a small medieval town situated on a hill, a few kilometers away from Pisa, encompasses and preserves three historical periods: the Etruscan/Roman, medieval and Renaissance.

Anyone who decides to visit Volterra, you'll discover its history dating back to 3000 years ago, simply walking through the streets of the village. Volterra is a veritable outdoor museum that needs no further signs.



What to visit

Volterra is inextricably linked to the production of Alabaster, symbol of the city and the culture. Many craft workshops still host the magnificent achievements.


The walls

Entered in Volterra from porta a Selci (Etruscan ports placed in the walls), a path to the left leads to the Archaeological Park Enrico Rivers. From the Park you enter in the medieval heart of Volterra: keeping left enter the majestic Piazza dei Priori, seat of the corsa dei caci.


Palazzo dei Priori

The Palace, located in the square, is the oldest of Tuscany. Its architecture inspired the construction of the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence. It is completely made of stone and is overcome by a high and mighty. Inside you can admire the frescoes in the boardroom and various paintings.



The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, also known as Cathedral of Volterra, is the most important religious site in the city.


Roman Theatre

The Roman Theatre in Volterra, built around the year zero, was rediscovered only in the years ' 50, in the locality of Vallebuona.


Medici Fortress

The Fortress was erected on the highest point of the city. Consists of two buildings joined together from the walls surrounding the Fort itself. Inside stands the old fortress built in 1342, and the donjon built by Lorenzo il Magnifico in 1472.


Etruscan Acropolis

From the 6th century BC, in the area were built for religious buildings and warehouses. Definitely interesting and striking the large Roman cistern.