Volterra was known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri, to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town in the Tuscany
region of Italy. Outside the city, in direction of Lajatico, is the Medici Villa di Spedaletto. Also in the neighborhood, in the Valle Bona area, are excavations of Etruscan tombs.
Visitors will find historic accommodations and lodging ranging from luxurious vacation rentals and villa rentals to spacious condo rentals and apartment rentals.
Volterra stands on a rocky hill some 1770 feet above the sea level, located between the Bra and Cecina rivers
, and is surrounded by strong walls. The district is rich in alabaster, the working of which was an important industry of the city, and in mineral waters, such as those of S. Felice and the Moie, or salt springs. Still more important are the Soffoni of Larderello, from which boric acid is extracted, the sulphur lake of Monterotondo, the copper springs of Caporciano, and the baths of Montecatini Val di Cecina. The area is not only rich in natural beauty but the accommodation, vacation rental, condo rental, apartment rental and villa rental options are unrivaled.
The richness of the Etruscan finds made in and near Volterra makes it a mecca for enthusiasts of all things Etruscan
, with an unparalleled collection of Etruscan antiquities being displayed in the Guarnacci Museum. Some stately villas have some of these treasures and can be admired up close.
The town is compact and great for walking.
There is no shortage of accommodations, vacation rentals, apartment rentals and villa rentals located close to many of the main sights. These sites include Porta all'Arco, the town's best site is this gate built of massive volcanic stones in the 4th century B.C. Its part of the town walls that were 4 miles around, twice as big as it is now. The Sacred Art Museum is a small 3-room museum of church art and is situated next to the Duomo.
The Etruscan Museum is one of the best places in Europe for Etruscan art. The Pinacoteca is a 14th century palace filled with great paintings; the highlights are the Annunciation & the Deposition of the Cross.
Volterra, being part of Tuscany, shares in the cuisine that is renowned for its simplicity, original flavor and genuine ingredients which are produced locally and eaten seasonally.
Local accommodations, vacation rentals, apartment rentals and villa rentals are fully equipped and visitors can try their hand at Italian home cooking.
Bus connections go to Florence
& San Gimignano
. All buses leave & arrive at Piazzi Martiri della Libertà, buy tickets at a Tabbachi shop. This makes Volterra centrally located and a wonderful base to explore all the Etruscan treasures.