ETRUSCAN WALLS AND MEDIEVAL STREETS
The visit of Volterra is a walk in the Middle Ages because it is in this era that the small town still lives with its ancient Etruscan origins: a great emotion! It is more than 500 m above sea level and has been inhabited since the early Iron Age.
With the name of “Velathri”, it was one of the 12 lucumonies of the Etruscan confederation, although today its appearance is completely medieval.
The tour starts from the severe Piazza dei Priori, continues with the visit of the Etruscan “Porta all’arco” of the fifth century BC, through the Roman period with the theater of the first century AD, one of the best preserved in Italy. The medieval Volterra, on the other hand, enigmatic and fascinating, with its narrow streets, but also with its mighty tower-houses, offers a significant vision of this era, such as the Incrocata Buomparenti.
Whether you enter the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci (which houses the famous “shadow of the evening”), or simply stroll through the countless streets (some with majestic houses), Volterra undoubtedly deserves the winding road to reach it with its wonderful landscapes (Le balze).
Volterra is famous for its alabaster quarries and even today there are laboratories that it is certainly advisable to visit.
The guided tour usually lasts about two hours and takes place in the morning, usually from 10 to 12 or in the afternoon, from 15 onwards, before sunset.
Special requests are always welcome
Special rates are provided for school trips and “senior age” groups.
€ 130.00 up to 25 people;
€ 2.00 for each additional person
La torre del Porcellino
da “I ponti” nel primo pomeriggio
Porta San Felice
da “I ponti” all’imbrunire
Chiesa di San Michele
L’incrociata dei Buomparenti
Palazzo dei Priori