Top Choice Museum in Volterra

Museo Etrusco Guarnacci

The vast collection of artefacts exhibited here makes this one of Italy's most impressive Etruscan collections. Found locally, they include some 600 funerary urns carved mainly from alabaster and tufa – perhaps the …
Cathedral in Volterra

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

A handsome coffered ceiling is the most striking single feature of Volterra's duomo, which was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and remodelled in the 16th. The Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, on the first chapel …
Museum in Volterra

Ecomuseo dell'Alabastro

As befits a town that's hewn the precious material from nearby quarries since Etruscan times, Volterra is the proud possessor of an alabaster museum. It's an intriguing exploration of everything related to the rock,…
Archaeological Site in Volterra

Roman Theatre

The grassy ranks of seating and towering columns of Italy's finest and best-preserved Roman theatre makes this a particularly evocative archaeological site. It was commissioned in the 1st century BC and could hold u…
Gallery in Volterra

Pinacoteca Comunale

Local, Sienese and Florentine art holds sway in this modest collection in the Palazzo Minucci Solaini. Taddeo di Bartolo's Madonna Enthroned with Child (1411) is exquisite, while Rosso Fiorentino's Deposition from t…
Christian Site in Volterra


Just west of the cathedral is the 13th-century baptistry with a small marble font (1502) by Andrea Sansovino.
Historic Building in Volterra

Palazzo dei Priori

Volterra's 13th-century town hall is the oldest seat of local government in Tuscany. The staircase bears a fresco of the Crucifixion by Pier Francesco Fiorentino and there's a magnificent cross-vaulted council hall.…
Palace in Volterra

Palazzo Pretorio

Forming one side of Volterra's central square, the Palazzo Pretorio was the seat of the local mayor. From it sprouts one of the town's oldest towers, the Torre del Porcellino (Piglet's Tower). Look out for the wild …
Fortress in Volterra

Fortezza Medicea

The 14th-century Fortezza Medicea, later altered by Lorenzo Il Magnifico, is nowadays a prison (admission one felony).
Gate in Volterra

Porta all'Arco

City gate built by the Etruscans in the 4th century BC.