Volterra

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Encounter many different eras of history in Volterra, a scenic hilltop town in Tuscany famed for its palaces, museums and archaeological sites.

Experience the enduring charm of rural Tuscany in Volterra, a town of historic burnt-red buildings and ancient archaeological sites. Etruscan, Roman and medieval settlers have all left their mark here. Modern Volterra celebrates this layered history.

Originally, Volterra was a flourishing Etruscan settlement named Velathri, with around 25,000 people from the ancient civilization living here. Romans moved in around the 3rd century B.C. and named it Volaterrae. Explore the town today to see remnants from both of these periods, as well as numerous buildings from its time as a free commune in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Start your exploration of Volterra by surveying its ancient relics. Look for Etruscan architectural sights such as Porta all’Arco, a gateway with faded sculptures of human heads, and the Etruscan Acropolis, the ruins of a religious site.

Learn more about this mysterious civilization in the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum. Browse funerary urns and artistic sculptures carved from alabaster. Read about the town’s connection to the stone in the Ecomuseum of Alabaster.

Move on to Roman times next, seeking out classical architecture in the town. Begin with the Roman Theatre, a sunken arena that once hosted 2,000 spectators. Imagine rich patrons visiting the Roman Baths, where you can still see the remains of the furnace and sauna.

Discover medieval Tuscany in Piazza dei Priori. The main square in the town features some of Volterra’s most impressive landmarks. Admire the frescoes in Palazzo dei Priori and the triple-arched loggia of Palazzo Pretorio. Nearby, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta features striking artwork and monuments to Volterran saints.

Visit Volterra in July and August, the peak season in Tuscany, and witness the modern, lively side of the town during the Volterra Jazz Festival. Catch a train from Rome or Florence, or hop on one of the local buses to get into Volterra. The town is just an hour away from many of Tuscany’s other cultural cities.

Fattoria Lischeto
Fattoria Lischeto
Strada Provinciale del Monte Volterrano, Volterra, PI
The price is £66 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Situated in the mountains, this agritourism property is within 6 miles (10 km) of Porta all'Arco, Cathedral of Volterra and Medici Fortress. Roman Theatre and ...
3.6/5 Good! (5 reviews)
Wonderful countryside getaway in Tuscany
"Great agritourism near Volterra, Tuscany (8 km drive). The place is on a secluded hill, surrounded by great views. Very nice outside pool with great view as well. Wonderful, large apartment with kitchen in an old Tuscany building, also hosting a local farm with renowned production of local cheese. ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2016

Fattoria Lischeto
Park Hotel le Fonti
Park Hotel le Fonti
4 out of 5
Via di Fontecorrenti, 2A, Volterra, PI
The price is £124 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
This family-friendly Volterra hotel is located in the suburbs, within a 10-minute walk of Porta all'Arco and Cathedral of Volterra. Rossi Alabastri Volterra ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (233 reviews)
"The hotel was at great location in volterra. The staff were exceptional. The basuc room need to be freshened up . go for the suite"

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2021

Park Hotel le Fonti
SAN BIAGIO 12+3 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
SAN BIAGIO 12+3 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
This family-friendly Volterra villa is within a 15-minute walk of Roman Theatre, Rossi Alabastri Volterra and Alabaster Ecomuseum. Pinacoteca e Museo Civico ...
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SAN BIAGIO 12+3 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
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SAN BIAGIO 12+3 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
SAN BIAGIO 12+3 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
This family-friendly Volterra villa is within a 15-minute walk of Roman Theatre, Rossi Alabastri Volterra and Alabaster Ecomuseum. Pinacoteca e Museo Civico ...
SAN BIAGIO 12+3 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
LA VECCHIA FONTE 15 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
LA VECCHIA FONTE 15 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
Situated in Volterra, this villa is within a 5-minute walk of Medici Fortress, Etruscan Museum and Chiesa di Sant'Agostino. Parrocchia Basilica Cattedrale and ...
LA VECCHIA FONTE 15 sleeps, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
Villa Bel Sogno - Beautiful View Of Volterra And The Countyside.
Villa Bel Sogno - Beautiful View Of Volterra And The Countyside.
Situated in a rural location, this historic apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Rossi Alabastri Volterra, Roman Theatre and Alabaster Ecomuseum. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Beautiful Tuscany Retreat
"Incredible views and beautiful, well appointed home. Would highly recommend this property. Luigi, Catoucha, and the chef at Santa Vittoria made our holiday memorable!"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019

Villa Bel Sogno - Beautiful View Of Volterra And The Countyside.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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