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Volterra in Tuscany Italy

Volterra is  mainly famous for its Etruscan origin and alabaster deposit. Beginning the city tour one immediately notices the medieval walls and the unpolluted landscape that extends as far as the sea coast. Crossing the gate Porta dell’ Arco one finds a medieval town still perfectly preserved. The main street leads to the Cathedral (Duomo) where in the interior is the famous Deposition, a XIII C. wooden Romanesque carving and other art works  by Gozzoli and Fra’ Bartolomeo. Continuing is the Baptistery and the Roman theatre with the adjoining Roman thermal baths. Walking around the historical town centre one sees hidden alleys which unexpectedly open out on extraordinary beautiful panoramic sights and one discovers the history and art of this beautiful town far from traffic but involving the visitors in the dayly life and let them get in contact with the traditional local handicraft. The Etruscan museum Guarnacci is one of the most ancient public museums in Europe and has an extraordinary  collection. Other  important museums are the picture gallery (Pinacoteca) and the Civic Museum (Museo civico): both preserve important works by Taddeo di Bartolo, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Luca Signorelli artists who were artistically influenced by Pisa, Florence and Siena. Because Volterra is near the sea you will enjoy panoramic views which you will never forget when you think of your holiday spent in Tuscany.

 

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