Volterra (5-7 hrs)
Off-the-beaten path Medieval goodness! A nice choice for a simple, shorter touring day.
A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
As far as Medieval places from Livorno, Volterra offers the most reasonable travel time: 75 min.
Volterra is a Medieval gem, set in the midst of a particularly picturesque section of Tuscany. Clients frequently tell us they loved it because it feels yet unspoiled by tourism.
Like San Gimignano, Volterra seems to have been plucked right out the Medieval epoch. The once Etruscan city sits high on a rocky plateau and is protected by Medieval ramparts. You are in a place where the magic of history is still alive!
Volterra is also noted for its alabaster, which comes from the surrounding hills. You will find an array of gorgeous hand crafted alabaster objects on every corner.
An audio guided tour, not too long and very well done, is available in the tourist office in Piazza dei Priori for a reasonable fee.
We have permission to park in the historic center of Volterra, saving you the grief of the many, many stairs one must take from public and bus parking.
In Volterra highlights include:
- Piazza dei Priori and the clocktower (made famous by the Twilight series)
- Beautiful shops and boutiques of all sorts
- The Roman theatre
- The 2,500 year old Etruscan wall, a section of which still stands
- Pinacoteca Comunale, with many fine works from the 14th-17th C, including the spectacular Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino
- World-renowned Guarnacci Etruscan museum
- A fascinating torture museum
- Many lookout points from which to enjoy the spectacular countryside
DURATION: 5-7 hrs
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