Volterra is a charming town located in the region of Tuscany, in central-northern Italy. Also known as “the city of the wind,” Volterra is a hidden gem nestled in the Tuscan hills, renowned for its rich historical heritage, Etruscan culture, and artisan traditions.

The city has ancient origins dating back to the Etruscan era, and its narrow winding streets are enriched by a fascinating medieval atmosphere. The medieval walls surrounding Volterra bear witness to its tumultuous history and strategic importance over the centuries.

Among Volterra’s main attractions are the remains of the ancient Roman theater, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with its beautiful marble pulpit by Giovanni Pisano, and the Palazzo dei Priori, an imposing medieval building housing the city hall. Volterra is also known for its museums, including the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, which houses one of the most important collections of Etruscan art in the world.

A distinctive feature of Volterra is its artisan tradition, with master craftsmen working wood, glass, and alabaster for generations. Alabaster, a translucent and malleable stone, is one of the city’s specialties and is used to create a variety of artworks, including sculptures, lamps, and decorative objects. Visitors to Volterra can visit local artisans’ workshops and watch demonstrations of their craft skills.

Volterra is also famous for its natural beauty, with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and the Tuscan countryside. The surroundings of the city offer a variety of hiking and biking trails, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in untouched nature and discover the hidden treasures of the region.