Whilst Volterra is a popular destination for tourists, here you won’t find the crowds that are so often present in Tuscan cities such as Firenze, Siena, Lucca and Pisa. By evening, most of the day-trippers have left as you will only find three hotels within the city's walls. There are, however, 25 restaurants and just as many cafés, leaving you spoilt for choice.
That's why we have chosen some well placed accommodation just outside of Volterra, so you have a scenic setting and can visit this wonderful historic town and many more in the area easily. From Volterra, you can reach San Gimignano for example in approx 30 minutes by car, but between them you will find many equally impressive but smaller historic and atmospheric villages. Arriving here is easy for example from Pisa airport just 65 km away, or Florence 90 km away. A drive from both airports will take you through some impressive Tuscany countryside passing through countless vineyards to get you in the mood for the glorious things to come.
The first thing that will catch your attention as you approach this medieval and magical place is the 4 miles of city walls that surround the town with the massive gate Porta all'Arco built out of volcanic stones from the 4th century B.C. Once inside the walls, visit the Duomo with its great pulpit and altar. Then perhaps wander to the Roman Theatre from the 10th century from where you have an amazing view. The town has an impressive city hall called Palazzo dei Priori which is probably the oldest in Tuscany and whose design inspired the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
This place is filled from top to bottom with Etruscan art and is one of the best places in Europe to experience the art from such an impressive era. The Etruscan Museum asks an entry fee of €8 but it is well worth it and the ticket also allows you entry to the Sacred Art Museum displaying many religious works of art and the Pinacoteca which is a 14th century palace filled with great paintings. Note that all these museums are closed between November to March.
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