Volterra Accommodations

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, Siena, Pisa & 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.

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  • Volterra Vacation Rental ID205789

    Volterra Vacation Rental

    Volterra: Villa
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #205789
    €80 to €130 EUR/night Paypal Pet Friendly
  • Gorgeous Views of Volterra with Pool.  Sleeps 4-6.

    Gorgeous Views of Volterra

    Volterra: Apartment in a villa
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #224210
    €180 to €250 EUR/night Credit Card Paypal
    We hope you will feel the same way after spending time in our Italian home. Near the ancient hill town of Volterra, surrounded by the green Tuscan countryside is our villa. Part of Borgo Collevicchi, we are on the top of a hill in the heart of Tuscany with breathtaking views of nearby valleys. This newly restored farm outbuilding contains our apartment. Our apartment is surrounded by landscaped gardens & cypress trees, all reflective of the perfect Tuscan landscape. It has all the modern amenities yet captures the Tuscan feel of architecture and design. Each of the two well appointed bedrooms has it's own air conditioner to provide comfort during the hot summer nights. To enjoy nature's gentle breezes, magnetized bug screens have been installed to allow the double doors to remain open without letting in nature's tiny creatures. Enjoy beautiful dreams on our pillow top mattresses in both bedrooms. The master bedroom features 2 extra long twin beds that can connect to form a King size bed or be enjoyed separately. The master also has an en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom has a Queen bed. The living room has a pullout queen size sofa bed. There is a second full bathroom available for guests. The kitchen features a gas stove, oven, dishwasher and full fridge. The apartment also features a washing machine with a private courtyard to air dry your laundry. The entire apartment is on the ground level and has no stairs, easy for small children or guests with mobility issues. Enjoy al fresco dining under your pergola in your private garden while savoring the panoramic views of Volterra. After dinner, enjoy a glass of wine on the outdoor couch and then take in the sunset from the pool deck. A panoramic pool makes the borgo an even more special & relaxing place after a day of sightseeing in Tuscany. The pool is open from mid June to mid September and is 8 metres by 4 metres. Our property manager will greet you upon arrival, or on your first day depending on flight times/arrival time at the apartment. We feel this friendly face is an important way to start your Tuscan adventure!
  • Discovering the Hidden Spots of Tuscany

    Discovering the Hidden

    Volterra: Farmhouse
    • 2 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #212698
    €50 to €50 EUR/night  
    In the greenest hills of the Val di Cecina , in the valley of the village of " Querceto " , the farm offers its guests a truly peaceful contact with nature, away from the bustle of the coast. Outside there is a large courtyard with table and chairs for dining out and sdraios to enjoy the cool of the countryside. There is no AIR CONDITIONING because the house is "naturally" cool even during the most torrid summer. The courtyard is in common with the only other apartment of the house and Smoking is only allowed outside the apt... Of course , paying close attention to the barn !! We suggest you to have a car , or even better a scooter/bike .... This part of Tuscany is so wonderful to visit, but has a bad public transport service. Having an your own car to move independently will allow you to discover the most hidden and enchanted many Tuscan villages , that otherwise you might not visit ! The "Val di Cecina" offers a rich calendar of musical events, art, food and wine, and in addition in Querceto, during the summer you could find a varied program of art exhibitions, concerts, shows and cultural courses. In the village, from April to August you can find the "Dispensa of the Castle", where you can buy and taste the wines and the oil of the castle, or the "La Locanda del Sole", excellent restaurant specialized in Tuscan cuisine with excellent dishes with truffles and wild boar. Take-away service and buying groceries. Around us you will find: The Etruscan spa Calidario in Venturina, where the water flows at a temperature of 35 ° C, the waterpark Acquavillage in Cecina Mare, the Cavallino Matto in Marina di Donoratico, the zoological park Gallorose in Cecina, and the acrobatic Giardino Sospeso in Riparbella. The sea is only 20/45 minutes drive from our farm, with the famous beach as Castiglioncello, Cecina, Marina di Bibbona, Donoratico and San Vincenzo with long sandy beaches, equipped or not. Cities rich in history you can visit are: Montegemoli, Montecatini Val di Cecina, Casale Marittimo, Montescudaio, Guardistallo, Bolgheri, Volterra, Suvereto, Campiglia M.Ma, Populonia, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, Firenze...
  • Apartment in the Tuscan Countryside

    Apartment in the Tuscan

    Volterra: Apartment
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    • #209569
    €110 to €110 EUR/night Credit Card Pet Friendly
    Querceto is a hamlet, a medieval borgo, whose nucleus is a castle around which workers' cottages have evolved (and in our family since 1543!). It's situated in the heart of the Cecina valley, between Volterra and the Etruscan Coast. Leave the car outside the walls and enter a timewarp: Querceto is a world of forgotten sounds and smells, of breathtaking views and sunsets. The apartment will charm you: they were renovated with a view to preserving the warm and welcoming style of old country houses. In the restaurant of the village you can taste delicious typical and traditional Tuscan food. The grounds (not the gardens) are yours to roam, picnic spots are close and the big swimming pool is down the steep track, surrounded by olive trees.
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  • Elegant Villa in Delightful Unspoilt Tuscany - Stupendous Views and Large Pool

    Elegant Villa in

    Chianni: Villa
    • 6 BDR
    • 5 BA
    • Sleeps 12
    • #239409
    £271 to £357 GBP/night  
    Set in the Pisan Hills - a delightful part of Tuscany, our Villa, in Chianni, is an idyllic spot for a holiday or to celebrate a special occasion. In a panoramic position on a hillside affording breathtaking views of the Tuscan landscape, Villa Adelina is just five minutes walk from the little hill town of Chianni, which boasts three good restaurants and a couple of bars where you can have a drink and engage with the locals. This is unspoilt Tuscany at its most charming, yet it is only 40 minutes drive from Pisa Airport. Built in the Liberty style, the villa, which will accommodate up to 12 people, has been completely restored with modern conveniences, but retains its original elegance and spendour as well as many original pieces of Tuscan furniture and art. It is set in olive groves and there is a beautiful garden with tall trees that provide welcome shade during summer months. The large sitting room and dining room on the south side of the villa open on to a terrace with a long table and chairs for alfresco dining, and there is a smaller patio adjacent to the kitchen. There is a large swimming pool (12m x 6m) which enjoys the sunshine all day, and there are ombrelloni to shelter under while you enjoy a drink or snack. The pool has Roman steps and a diving board as well as lights so that it can be used for midnight swims. Chianni is a great centre from which to explore the art of Tuscany. Visible from the villa on a rocky promontory is the ancient city of Volterra famously written about by D H Lawrence in Etruscan Places. Also within a short drive is the magnificent San Gimignano - whose towers can be considered the first skyscapers. Florence, Lucca and Siena can be reached in an hour and a half. The Pisan Hills Wine Route (Strada del Vino) runs through Chianni and takes in a number of other delightful places such as Lari, Terriciola, and Palaia. There are wine producers and vendors within a short distance of the villa. The beautiful spa town of Casciana Terme is just 7 km from Chianni and there you can enjoy a variety of massages and spa treatments which can be booked in advance. It also boasts one of the best ice cream parlours in Tuscany. Tuscany is a great place for a cycling holiday if you are a keen cyclist - there are plenty of hills. Use Villa Adelina as your base and we can put you in touch with firms from whom you can hire bikes from average to high specification. Villa Adelina has been designed for comfortable living. There is an efficient central heating system for use outside the peak summer season and it provides hot water whenever needed. The sitting room is furnished with large comfortable sofas and a TV and DVD system. The dining table will seat 12 people in comfort and there is another 12 man table outside on the terrace if you want to dine outside. The kitchen is fully equipped with cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. There is a large fridge-freezer, oven, microwave, gas hob and dishwasher. There is a kitchen table which seats six. The laundry room has washer-drier, iron and ironing-board and large sink. The bedrooms are all equipped with comfortable beds with bedside tables and lamps, large wardrobes and in some cases dressing tables. All bathrooms are equipped with washbasin, shower/bath, wc and bidet. There are sets of towels for each guest as well separate towels for use at the swimming pool. ***********If the group is larger than 12, the Owners do have another property on site ID 239417 that can accommodate an additional 6 occupants. Please check with us if the property is available for your time period***************
  • An Exclusive Sea View Property

    An Exclusive Sea View

    Castellina Marittima: Villa in a gated community
    • 7 BDR
    • 9 BA
    • Sleeps 14
    • #234535
    €556 to €556 EUR/night  
    This is a unique country house on a winery in the Tuscan Hills in front of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It can accommodate up to 14 people. There are 7 ensuite bedrooms. This is a place perfect for finding peace and quiet. The house is on a winery that makes a famous Tuscan IGT, we are 20 minutes from Bolgheri, 10 minutes from the Highway and 40 minutes from Pisa Airport. You can visit Florence,Pisa and Lucca very easily from where we are. There are two nearby ports where you can rent a boat and sail to nearby Elba Island. There are renowned restaurants and wineries within minutes. Everything you expect in a vacation you can have here with us. We speak English, Italian, French and German.
  • Tuscany, Charming Vacation Villa with Private Garden and  Swimming Pool

    Tuscany, Charming Vacation

    Chianni: Villa in a gated community
    • 2 BDR
    • 1 Loft
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #211283
    €95 to €127 EUR/night Paypal Pet Friendly
    The holiday home is situated in a big, fenced property with look over the roofs of the village and the Tuscan landscape. The vacation villa offers approximately 200 ms of garden to the exclusive use of the guests, with shady places under the old fruit-trees,the veranda with dining table and chairs, a shared swimming pool (4x9 m) with sunterrace, beachchairs and outside shower as well as a fantastic panorama over the Tuscan hills. The property is entirely fenced and protected by an iron gate. The picturesque, a little bit sleepy village of Rivalto with bar and grocer's shop lies at 500-m height and is surrounded by forests, vineyards and olive groves.There are numerous beautiful footpaths arround for your daily walks. In Casciana Terme, the nearby health resort (approx. 4 kms) you find a very beautifully located swimming-pool, all important services ( post, bank) , cafés, restaurants and shopping possibilities and a beautiful spa area.
  • Self Catering Apartment, Ideal for a Family Or 2 Couples of Friends.

    Self Catering Apartment

    Casciana Terme: Country style house
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #152873
    €125 to €148 EUR/night Pet Friendly
    Comfortable accommodation in Tuscan country style, on 2 levels, it has a sunny outdoor area with umbrella, dining table, sun chairs. We do organize on demand cellars trips, horse trekking, visits to the olive-press and to nearby cellars, cooking training and dinners with all the guests of the agritourism. Convention with the Casciana Terme SPA for treatments, massages, entrance to the thermal pools.
  • Typical Stones Country House

    Typical Stones Country

    Pisa: Country style house
    • 5 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 14
    • #150736
    €200 to €500 EUR/night Credit Card Pet Friendly
    The farmhouse on the hills of Pisa is surrounded by 42 hectares of property and features a precious private panoramic pool (6x12); in the mild weather of summer the marine breeze in the evening invites you to sit and sip your favourite drink on the poolside. For it is so conveniently located, a 30-minute car ride can take you to celebrated towns such as Volterra, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni. Florence and Pisa are only 40 km away for those beckoned by fashion, art and history. Indulging in moments of genuine pleasure is also so close, as Casciana Spa is 2 km away from the farmhouse. We can reserve guided tours around this magnificent region which the farm sets up. Daily olive tasting tours are organized as there is an olive press run by farmhouse Casciana in Chianni, Novo Frantoio. It is also possible to taste the wine of Colline Pisane and other typical products. We arrange horse trekking, kitchen training as well.
  • Self Catering Apartment Ideal for 2

    Self Catering Apartment

    Casciana Terme: Apartment in a complex
    • 1 Loft
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #151455
    €80 to €100 EUR/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
  • Beautiful Small Apartment Situated in Ancient Hilltop Medieval Village

    Beautiful Small Apartment

    Orciatico: Apartment
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 3
    • #208536
    €40 to €40 EUR/night Paypal Pet Friendly
    The apartment is located on the piazza in the small medieval village of Orciatico, which is only 3 km from Lajatico, home of the famous Tenor, Andrea Bocelli. The apartment is easily accessed from the road and parking is nearby in the village. There is absolutely everything you could possibly need within the apartment which is furnished to a very good standard. All linens and towels are provided and a welcome pack on arrival for stays of four nights or more. Although there is no immediate outside area the village is very small and friendly and there are plenty of places to sit with views right across the rolling Tuscan hills. Within the village there is a bar, restaurant, two shops and an ATM machine. Pisa, Florence, Siena and the coast are all within a one hour drive and Volterra is about 20 mins. Very good, inexpensive restaurants are plentiful around the area and this part of Tuscany is rural and cheap.

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Volterra News and Events

Annual Events in Volterra, Tuscany, Italy

Festa of the Patron Saint of Volterra (June 5): Festivities by the historic groups of Volterra.

Volterra A.D 1398 - Medieval Festival (in August for approximately 2 weeks): This important event is not to be missed. It takes place between the third and fourth Sundays of August, starting Sunday. The two Sundays are the best days to be here, from 11 am until about midnight.

Truffle Fair (October - November)

Lonely Planet: Volterra

Volterra's well-preserved medieval ramparts give the windswept town a proud, forbidding air that author Stephanie Meyer deemed ideal for the discriminating tastes of the planet's principal vampire coven in her wildly popular Twilight book series. Fortunately, the reality is considerably more welcoming, as a wander through the winding cobbled streets (refreshingly populated by locals rather than tourists) attests.

The Etruscan settlement of Velathri was an important trading centre and senior partner of the Dodecapolis. It is believed that as many as 25,000 people lived here in its Etruscan heyday. Partly because of the surrounding inhospitable terrain, the city was among the last to succumb to Rome – it was absorbed into the Roman confederation around 260 BC and renamed Volaterrae. The bulk of the old city was raised in the 12th and 13th centuries under a fiercely independent free comune. The city first entered Florence's orbit in 1361, but the people of Volterra fought hard against Medici rule – their rebellion was brought to a brutal end when Lorenzo Il Magnifico's soldiers sacked the city in 1472. There was another rebellion in 1530 – again brutally crushed by the Florentines – but Volterra would never again achieve self-government, moving from Florentine rule to that of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany before unification in 1860.

Volterra Top Sights www.goitaly.about.com/od/tuscany/a/volterra.htm

  • Roman Theater, Forum, and Baths: Construction started on the Roman Theater in the 1st century BC. Behind the theater are remains of Roman baths dating from the 4th century AD. There are also remains of the Roman forum. During the middle ages these sites were part of a rubbish dump and were buried until excavations began in 1951.
  • Piazza dei Priori: The main square is one of the most impressive in Tuscany. On the piazza is the 13th century Palazzo dei Priori, the oldest town hall in Tuscany. Also on the piazza are the 14th-century Palazzo Vescovile and the back of the cathedral.
  • Cathedral and Baptistry: The duomo, or cathedral, dates from 1120 when it was constructed on the site of a previous church. It has a Romanesque facade and an entrance added in the 13th century. The interior was modified in the late 16th century in Renaissance style and has a richly decorated ceiling and several chapels with frescoes or wood panels and a 12th century marble pulpit. The octagonal Baptistery dates from the 13th century although parts of it may be older. Its facade is decorated with green and white marble stripes and the dome dates from the 15th century.
  • Medieval Wall and Gates: 13th century walls enclose the historic center. There are six gates in the walls into the center, dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. Porta San Francesco still has traces of the original frescoes. From Porta San Felice there are views of the countryside beyond the town. Two fonts have also been preserved. One of them, Fonte di Docciola, was used in the middle ages to provide water for mills and the wool industry. Near San Felice font, built in 1319, are remains of the Etruscan wall.
  • Etruscan Sites: At the highest point of Volterra is the Etruscan acropolis with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The archeological site is part of a park that includes foundations of two Etruscan temples, dwellings from the Hellenistic period, a system of cisterns, and medieval tower ruins. Porta All' Arco, the Arch gate, has sides possibly dating back to the 5th century BC with the arch and heads dating from the 3rd to 2nd century BC. Etruscan tombs, carved into sandstone below the ground, can be found in several places.
  • Museums: The Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, founded in 1761, was one of Europe's first public musuems. The large collection of artifacts is housed in the 13th century Palazzo dei Priori. The Civic Museum and Art Gallery are housed in the 15th century Palazzo Minucci-Solaini and includes paintings and art works from medieval to modern times. A Museum of Sacred Art is housed in the Bishop's Palace.
  • Medicea Fortress: The fortress, high on the hill, consists of the Rocca Antica and the Rocca Nuova.
Twilight Saga New Moon in Volterra: Volterra is the home of the Volturi in the New Moon book, the second book in the Twilight series, and action at the end of the story takes place here. The New Moon movie was released in November 2009, and although the ending is set in Volterra it was actually filmed in Montepulciano.
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