Volterra

Volterra and its splendid territory is, probably one of the most varied and rich parts of Tuscany. The undisputed historical tradition joins the beautiful nature that offers, from the landscape to the vegetation and fauna, an imposing patrimony.

In Volterra history has left its mark with continuity from the Etruscan period until the nineteenth century, with artistic and monuments of great importance, which can be admired simply walking through the streets of the historic center, but also visiting the city museums: the Etruscan Museum, the Art Gallery, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Alabaster Ecomuseum.

Besides these monuments you can find a pristine landscape, a quality of life still a human scale and an artistic handicraft unique in the world: the alabaster.

Volterra today is a typical medieval town, where you can still taste the atmosphere of an old age Republic Hall, almost completely enclosed within the circle of the thirteenth century walls and which are the culmination of a process of expansion Urban, which began during the eleventh finds its conclusion in early 1300 with the construction of defensive systems in the vicinity of the main gates of the city. The city reduced form castrense in late antiquity (sec.V) and whose perimeter is marked today by the Plan of Castle Gate Arch, Via Roma, Via Buonparenti, because of Sarti and Via di Sotto, it is built around the ancient church of Santa Maria (now the cathedral) and the contiguous pratus episcopatus, today Piazza dei Priori, while outside the castrum or castellum, arise after the year one thousand, the village of Santa Maria, now Via Ricciarelli, perpendicular to castle walls, and the village of Abbot, now Via dei Sarti, parallel to the same walls.

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