Volterra

Volterra

One of the most famous Etruscan cities, but it still preserves many evidences of the Roman and Medieval period as well. So you can visit the rare Etruscan gate “Porta all’Arco” and the Etruscan acropolis, the Roman theatrePiazza dei Priori, the Cathedral with the Baptistery and tower-houses. Volterra is also famous for alabaster workmanship, a knowledge that has been handed down for generations.  Once in Volterra you can’t miss the church of San Francesco and its wonderful frescoes, the Etruscan Museum with its vast collection, and the Pinacoteca with works of art by Ghirlandaio, Signorelli and Rosso Fiorentino and much more! Volterra was founded on a hill that if once guaranteed safety today allows you to enjoy a vast and evocative panorama.

  • Etruscan Museum Guarnacci: the elongated shape of the votive statuette  Shadow of the Evening that it looks like a piece of ‘modern art”, the Etruscan melancholy and pride revealed in the eyes of the urne of the Spouses, the skillful mastery of the Etruscans with the gold and alabaster. You’ll find all of them here, in the oldest public museum in Europe.
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  • Art Gallery: The works exhibited here come mostly from churches, monasteries, and companies of Volterra now suppressed. Some admirable examples are the panels by SignorelliGhirlandaio, and the Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino. There are also sculptures and an ancient medal collection.
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  • Palazzo dei Priori: the seat of Volterra’s political activity since the Middle Ages and an example of a well-preserved medieval public building. The windows intact in their Gothic style, the three portals still visible, and the tower from which you can see all of Volterra and its territory. Inside are works by well-known artists including l’Orcagna and Signorelli. Inside the building, even if changed over the years, can still give an idea of the Palace in the Middle Ages.
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  • Alabaster Workshops: you can’t come to Volterra and not see how expert and knowledgeable hands work alabaster. There are several workshops with craftsmen all over the town who can explain everything about alabaster, from its extraction to its working. It is a precious stone, called “stone of light“, with which they can make different objects and works of art. These workshops smell of ancient knowledge, traditions, and skills that today are not as common as they used to be.
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