Volterra is a charming medieval town in central Tuscany. It’s perfect for a sight-seeing holiday, and for those looking to get a feel for real Italy. The town is full of interesting architecture, and retains much from the Etruscan period of ancient Italy, making it ideal for a historical and cultural exploration.
There’s so much to see in Volterra, you’re sure to have a jam-packed itinerary. Wherever you decide to explore, you’ll see the magnificent 12th century city walls, surrounding and protecting the ancient town. Across Volterra and the surrounding area, interesting Etruscan remains and castles can be discovered, often making visitors to the town feel as though they've been transported back in time. Visit the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, a magnificent architectural masterpiece, housing paintings, sculptures and more by famous artists including Luca Signorelli and Benvenuto di Giovanni. There are museums galore in Volterra, including the Palazzo Tagini, which displays interesting Etruscan and Roman antiques, and the Ecomuseo dell’Alabastro. This incredible museum is a favourite with holiday makers, as it combines displays of contemporary articles and antique creations from the Etruscan period and onwards. The museum also has a brilliant recreation of an artisan’s workshop, as well as spectacular countryside views from the top.
No holiday to Volterra is complete without visiting the 1st century BC Roman Theatre, complete with Roman bathhouses, for another trip back in time. Jump forward to the 13th century with a visit to Palazzo dei Priori; a picturesque palace containing world-famous pieces of art, including a fresco of the crucifixion by Piero Francesco Fiorentino. Finally, after exploring the historical sights of Volterra, come back to modern Italy with a visit to the Pinacoteca Communale, for displays of local art you won’t find anywhere else.
Volterra offers a full calendar of events, so whatever time of the year you take your holiday, you’ll find something fun to squeeze into your days of exploring. After a hard day’s sight-seeing, refuel at one of Volterra’s delicious restaurants and unwind at a cosy bar. You’ll find a range of different food in Volterra, with everything from traditional Italian in sophisticated spaces to home-style cooking in rustic restaurants. Many restaurants in Volterra have outdoor terraces, so you can eat outside whilst watching Italy go by. Hot summer nights in Volterra are best spent at a garden bar, sipping cocktails and relaxing after a day of exploring.
Volterra is an interesting city that retains Italian history and flavour in a beautiful region, so make sure you take plenty of photographs, and stock up on postcards! easyJet holidays offer flexible and affordable holidays to Volterra, so book now to remove the hassle and arrange your perfect holiday to Italy with a brand you can trust.