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Volterra is a village, almost perfectly preserved in time, which is located in an area rich in history and fascinating, that the metalliferous hills. Nearby there are many other places of interest, such as Siena, San Gimignano and other areas of Chianti.
The history of Volterra is still visible in the village; you can admire many artistic and monuments of great importance simply walking through the streets of Old Town; There are also many museums, including the Etruscan Museum, the Art Gallery, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Living Museum of Alabaster.
The town is also known globally for the extraction and processing of alabaster.
Volterra is characterized by the medieval town walls that surround it and that open on some sides to make room on the outskirts of the town. The main square is Piazza dei Priori, on which stands the majestic Palazzo Comunale, rich decorative elements, the Palazzo Pretorio and the Torre del Porcellino, which owes its name to the presence of the figure of a pig on a shelf. In this square are held in mid-August of historical re-enactments with flag bearers and musicians.
Another very nice square is Piazza San Giovanni, where there is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, in which there are real masterpieces, Torre Campanara and the Baptistery, the dome of which is attributed to Brunelleschi.
From this point it is recommended to get lost in the narrow streets and be carried away by the history and culture that tell ..
You can also reach to the north, the Etruscan walls from which you can admire a beautiful view and of Volterra, and the famous Balze of Volterra, impressive chasms, originated by the erosion of clay soils. Finally you can visit the ruins of the Roman Theatre.
Volterra is the ideal destination for a stay in Tuscany, to discover one of the most pristine areas of the region and, at the same time, is one step away from the sea and the most. important cities.