Volterra is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Sitting in the northern Tuscany region the city is famous for its history, food and welcoming people. The mountain top town dates back to the 7th century BC and you’ll find relics and ruins from the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval periods here. So here is our list of the 5 best historical spots in Volterra.
Roman Theatre of Volterra
Excavated in the 1950’s the Roman Theatre of Volterra dates back to the 1st century BC. To this day it remains one of the finest examples of ancient Roman Theatre’s surviving in Italy. The tiered seating of the amphitheatre are still intact with several the original pillars still standing.
Do make sure that you check opening times before you head along to see the theatre. There are periods of the year that it is not open every day. Entrance is five euro.
Although the original was destroyed in an earthquake it was enlarged when rebuild in the 13th century. Acting as the seat of the Bishop of Volterra this stunning church is decorated with the usual grandeur of Catholic churches in Italy. Although not home to any of the ‘masters’ of Renaissance art the reliefs depicting the Last Supper and the Sacrifice of Issac are breathtaking nonetheless.
Guarnacci Etruscan Museum
The Guarnacci Etruscan Museum is one of the best museums that you’ll find in a smaller city in Italy. With thousands of artefacts and relics dating back to Hellenistic times you’ll be truly transported back in time. The museum is famous for its collection of funeral urns.
The Medici Fortress (which oddly predates the rise of the Medici family) is one of the historical centre pieces of beautiful Volterra. Set on top of the highest hill in town it looks down over the entire town and is most definitely one of the best historical spots in Volterra.
The fortress is in the form of two fortresses joined by a wall. Although still open for tourist visits a couple days a week the fortress is actually operating as a maximum security prison these days.
Pinacoteca e museo civico di Volterra
This beautiful art galley in Volterra is home to some of the greatest art pieces from 14th – 17th century Tuscan artists. It’s well worth the visit to see the unique styles that developed in Tuscany during the period. The most notable of the artists featured would be Rosso Fiorentino, a student of the Florentine school.
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