Best Photography Locations in Volterra

Volterra is a Tuscan town characterized by a millennial history.  Most of the people don’t know Palazzo dei Priori is the oldest municipality in Italy. This building was built in the early 1200 by Ildebrando Pannocchieschi, Palatine Count of the Empire. The Palazzo Comunale allows Italian citizens and not only to celebrate their marriage. Inside it is possible to celebrate the civil ceremony, which is held in an ancient room rich in antique frescoes, the Hall of the Major Council. Perfectly preserved, it is characterized by wooden floors that, because of their age, make a great noise every time we walk on it. The Palace of the Arias faces a square that in addition to collecting other important buildings such as the Cathedral and the Medici Fortress, represents the heart of the city. The Medici Fortress is an imposing building built on a hill. It is made up of two main bodies joined together by the high defensive walls: The Old Rocca also called Cassero, built in the early 1300 by the Duke of Athens, and the New Rocca, called the Mastio, even built by Lorenzo the Magnificent at the end of 1400. Volterra is known all over the world for the extraction and processing of alabaster. Just take a short stretch of road to the city’s historic center to understand how much this handicraft identifies with the city.

Every small shop for tourists has a sale of items made in alabaster, such as vases, lamps and many others. Volterra was at the time of ancient Tuscany, we speak of Etruria, one of the city’s state. In the Middle Ages on the seat of an important and influential bishopric dominion with power over most of the Tuscan hills. Volterra is one of the Tuscan cities where it is best to observe traces of our Etruscan past. Particularly in the city walls, where we can admire the Door of the Arch and Porta Diana, of great interest the necropolis, where you can see the base of two temples, but also different buildings and some tanks. There are also Roman ruins, to be noted in the theater. Volterra is located in the province of Pisa, about 40 km from the sea, and the city is easily reachable from Florence, Siena and Pisa, all within an hour’s drive. Immersed in a typical Tuscan countryside, dsl very varied territory thanks to its hills that during the colder winters are snow-white. The city of Volterra is built on a high hill at 500 meters above sea level. Volterra creates a watershed between the two valleys of Era and Cecina.

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