Volterra is 20 minutes away from our hotel on foot (the first leg is uphill, but the return is a nice downhill!) or 3 minutes away by car. The small town is very well kept, a true historical town and has interesting monuments, museums and buildings from an historical and artistic point of view: from Etruscans to Romans, up until the Middle Ages. Along with its beautiful historical sites, Volterra is famous for alabaster, the white, luxurious material used for interior decors and to create elegant items for the house.
Volterra was recently in the news because the writer Stephenie Meyer chose to set her book, New Moon, the Twilight sequel, right in this Tuscan town. This attracted all the fans of the vampire saga, which, following in the footsteps of Edward and Bella, came to find the origins of the Volturi.
Places of interest in Volterra:
- The balze(cliffs): Luca will show you the best panoramic point to admire this incredible natural phenomenon.
- The Etruscan necropolis
- The museums: there is a ticket valid for all the 3 main museums: the Picture Gallery, the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum.
- The cathedral with the baptistery
- The Roman Theatre
- The Porta all’Arco, an Etruscan arch featured in all history books
- Palazzo Incontri Viti
- The Etruscan acropolis
- The Palazzo dei priori
- The Torture museum
Recommended restaurants in Volterra
- La Carabaccia: small Tuscan restaurant with a short menu and home-made food
- Vena di vino: an excellent wine bar which also offers food
- Don Beta: Tuscan food and dishes with a few exotic touches
- Osteria dei Poeti: large portions, Tuscan food
- Ombra della sera: nice atmosphere, excellent first courses
- And there are many more, just ask!
Along with the restaurants and ‘trattorie’ in Volterra’s historic town centre, there are also various excellent ones in the surrounding area. Ask Luca, the owner, who will be happy to point them out on the map and show you how to get there.
If you would rather visit other Tuscan towns of artistic interest, you will be spoilt for choice, since Volterra is near all the most important towns in Tuscany.