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Volterra guide, a weekend in Volterra, where to sleep in Volterra, special offers in Tuscany, a Tusc

Volterra guide, a weekend in Volterra, where to sleep in Volterra, special offers in Tuscany, a Tusc

Volterra is a jewel of the Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance art, set on the top of the hill, from which you can see all the Valley of Cecina, a city that possesses a great artistic legacy that you can admire walking along the streets of its historical center.
Nowadays it looks quite medieval, but a noticeable Etruscan trace still remains, and you may see it even in the name of the town, that comes from the Etruscan Valathri, later adapted to the Latin Volaterrae.
You can find testimonies of that period not only in the Etruscan Guarnacci Museum, but also in the Acropolis and in the Necropolis of the archeological areas of Vallebuona and of Enrico Fiumi Park.
The Acropolis preserves an overlap of constructions of the Etruscan, Roman and medieval ages. The Necropolis is interesting, first of all, from the point of view of the structure: the tombs are not set up in elevation, but carved into the sandy soil, so that vulgarly they can be defined as Etruscan Holes.
The urban area still preserves some evidence of the Etruscan period in the Porta dell’Arco in the walls of the fifth century b. C., and in the Porta Diana outside the Medieval Walls.
The Roman archeology marks the territory with the remains of the I century b. C. Theater, where every summer a festival of performances, music and poetry takes place. Situated in the Vallebuona area, the Theater still preserves a part of the seats, a grade with three large exedras and remains of the loggia, while the front scene has been rebuilt.
The medieval town expands around the Piazza dei Priori that hosts the unmistakable Palace of the Priors with its façade signed by three rows of biforate windows and Florentine magistrates’ blazons.
Volterra, Palazzo Pretorio
In the magnificent Square you can also see the Pretorio Palace, the Porcellino Tower, former residence of the Podesta, the Episcopal Palace, the Incontri Palace – the headquarters of the local savings bank, and Monte Pio Palace – the result of the unification  of the thirteenth-century towers and constructions. Other examples of civil architecture are Buonparenti, Baldinotti and so called Tuscan group tower houses.
The religious buildings are situated in Saint John’s Square: the Baptistry, Santa Maria Hospital and the Romanesque-style Cathedral with its elegant fifteenth-century bell-tower.
You can fully enjoy a medieval atmosphere in August during the Medieval Week – A.D. 1398, that animates the historic center, and on the first Sunday of September flag-wavers are on stage, competing with each other in the Astiludio tournament.
 

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