Volterra is one of the most fascinating and least touristy of the great Tuscan hill towns. This original Etruscan settlement, sitting atop a hill and surrounded by strong walls is a jewel of Roman, Etruscan, medieval, and Renaissance art. It is a city of magnificent vistas from farmlands to mountain views.
Far from traffic jammed roads and industrial areas, Volterra is surrounded by marvelous hills with fields of grain and forests. Volterra in spring is an explosion of colors – red poppies, yellow rape-seed blooms, and purple fava-bean flowers and the brilliant green fields. In summer, as the rains slow their occurrence, the previous green fields turn to gold as wheat is harvested and sunflowers stand up, and then bow, their beautiful heads. And Autumn is glorious too, with new-growth germinations in the fields, like ragged velvet over the dark clay earth, and the trees brighten the hills with their withering leaves. Winter is like a handsome beautiful old woman: the earth and trees show their nakedness with confidence, occasionally covered by a blanket of snow, or the deep colors of a late-afternoon sunset.
Situated in the middle of the that marvelous triangle formed by the cities of Pisa, Siena and Florence, Volterra is a must for your perfect stay in this gorgeous Italian region.
On clearest days you can easily admire the sea, with the islands of Capraia and Corsica on the horizon.
Main attraction not to lose in Volterra:
Piazza dei Priori, the Duomo or Cathedral, The Medicean Fortress, The Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, the many small shops of alabaster artefacts The Roman Amphitheatre The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta