Guided tour of Volterra

Volterra is a jewel of Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance art.

It dominates the Val di Cecina from the top of a 550 m. above the sea level hill to the coast line.

History left its signs with continuity through artistic and monumental testimonies: a walk will start from the Etruscan origins along the city wall from the 4th Century BC and the foundations of the temples that still are at the top of the hill in the Archaeological Park E. Fiumi.

We will continue our visit with the Roman theatre and bath that were brought to light thanks to the so-called ’mad archaeologists’.

We will then arrive in the political and economic heart of the city with its market and the town hall; on the other side the religious centre with the baptistery, the cathedral and the bell tower.

Volterra, surrounded by its fairy landscape, is a city you will discover slowly; in the atmosphere of a civilization and culture that makes it unique in the world.


The museums in Volterra:

- Museum of Sacred Art: housed in the rooms of the Bishop’s Palace, near the Cathedral of St.

Maria Assunta. It contains works from the cathedral and other churches in the nearby area such as Volterra painted crosses, wooden and marble sculptures, vestments and other religious relics dating back to the 11th to the 16th century.

- Etruscan Museum Guarnacci: the origins of the museum date back from the late 18th Century, thanks to Monsignor Guarnacci who donated its collection of artifacts to the town.

Today it is a museum within the museum where we can understand the evolution of the methods of mounting. The observation of the Volterran Etruscan urns from to the 4th century BC will reveal us the progress of this society in arts, religion and society. The shadow of the evening and the famous urn of the married couple, symbols of Volterra and of the museum itself, are just some examples of the archaeological finds we will focus on.

- Art Gallery: history of art in a chronological journey that begins with a Tuscan master’s painted cross from the 12th century. A Piety by Francesco di Neri from Volterra is a testimony of the artistic production in Volterra at the end of the 14th century. Then masterpieces by Ghirlandaio, Rosso Fiorentino, Daniele da Volterra and Pieter de Witte. We conclude the visit with the works by Baldassare Franceschini known as Volterrano.

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