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Tuscany-Volterra the city of Alabaster.The timeless beauties of the land of the Etruscans

Updated: May 13

Volterra is a small town in the province of Pisa-Tuscany. The city, famous for the extraction and processing of Alabaster, was one of the main city-states of ancient Tuscany (Etruria).

It is one of the most important centers of Tuscany, due to the presence of monuments that attest to the civilizations that have followed one another over the course of thirty centuries.

With its predominantly medieval aspect, it preserves abundant finds from the Etruscan period, such as the Porta all'Arco of the century. IV, the Acropolis, the walls still visible in some areas of the city. The Roman presence in Volterra is documented by the important remains of the Teatro di Vallebona, from the Augustan age, by thermal buildings, by a large water tank. The medieval aspect of the city is not only evident in the urban layout, but emerges above all in the palaces, tower-houses and churches: the Palazzo dei Priori of the century XIII, the Palazzo Pretorio, with the crenellated tower known as the Porcellino, the two groups of Towers of the Buomparenti and the Bonaguidi, the Tuscan tower-houses, the Cathedral of the century. XII, which preserves in its interior works of the medieval and Renaissance period, the Baptistery, an ancient construction of the century. XIII with rows of Volterran stone, the conventual church of San Francesco with the adjacent chapel of the Cross by day, frescoed by Cenni di Francesco in 1410, the church of San Michele "in foro" with the Pisan facade as well as the church of S. Alessandro.


Priori Square



Palazzo dei Priori

the heart of the political life of the ancient municipality of Volterra, a majestic example of the power of the city, the current Town Hall, was built starting in 1208 and completed around the middle of the 13th century.


Priori Palace


Medieval city but of Etruscan origin Volterra boasts an important historical center full of museums, art galleries, Acropolis and Necoprolis. Do not miss the Etruscan walls, the Roman Theater and the doors that surround the walls. If you have time in 40 minutes from Volterra you will reach the beautiful San Gimignano.


Alabaster in Volterra...Three thousand years of craftsmanship.



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