Houses and homes in Volterra - key information
Volterra, idyllically set amidst an evocative landscape of soft rolling hills and lush woodland.
Information about Volterra
Volterra is one of the finest and lesser known hilltop towns tucked away in the heart of Tuscany only a short distance from Florence 72 kms, Siena 50 kms,Pisa 64 kms,S.Gimignano 29 kms.
Idyllically set amidst an evocative landscape of soft rolling hills and lush woodland abruptly defined by barren ,deep clay walled chasms gullies and ravines, Volterra, 545 metres above sea level, dominates and divides the Cecina and Era valleys. A haven of Etruscan,Roman, Medieval and Rennaissance art and architecture Volterra and its territory are a perfect choice for intensive study programmes or a peaceful relaxing holiday.
Only forty kilometres from the Tyhrrenian sea Volterra has a Mediterranan climate with autumn and spring rainfall, a fairly mild winter and a dry ventilated summer.
The average winter temperature ranges from 1 to 10 degrees centigrade and rarely falls below zero while the autumn months are slightly warmer ( an average of 19 deg. C) than the spring (an average of about 16 deg. C ).
Tennis,hiking,riding,trekking,swimming,sauna and massage, all amnner of shops, bars and restaurants.
The magic and mysterious city of Volterra has its roots in three thousand years of history. It is possible to find evidence and traces from every historical period which gives the artistic city a unique aspect.
The ancient city walls, the imposing Porta all’Arco, the Necropolis of Marmini and the numerous archeological finds conserved in the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci like the Ombra della Sera with its unique profile, the funeral urns and the finely crafted jewellery, bear testimony of the Etruscan period.
The Theatre of Vallebona survives from the period of Augustus and suggests the importance of Volterra under Roman domination.
Today the city conserves above all a Medieval aspect not only for the 12th century city walls but also because of the urban layout with narrow streets, palaces, tower houses and churches.
The Renaissance had an important influence on Volterra but without changing the city’s Medieval character.
From this period are the superb palaces of Minucci Solaini, Incontri-Viti and Inghirami, which are built into the Medieval city, the imposing Fortezza Medicea and the Convent of San Girolamo.