Santa Chiara, the countryside near Volterra
The landscape that surrounds Volterra has a charm indescribable:
biancane that surround are like waves troubled and unstable
that vanish in gullies; Volterra stands out in high (555 m),
elegant and majestic, the sea of dunes clay. In spring the
sea is a velvety green imbued with life in summer and golden
embroidered of plowing in the autumn and winter is like heaven
The Santa Chiara Farm is situated on a hill overlooking this
landscape and observes from afar the charm of a silent and
untouched corner of Tuscany, made of woods, rolling hills
The relative isolation has kept intact the medieval aspect
of Volterra, the old quarter is enclosed by walls thirteenth-century
(stone bench), which hatch at the main doors. The Piazza dei
Priori (1208) with its majestic palaces testifies still all
powerful elegance of the city of wind and boulder (S. D'Annunzio).
Volterra to discover corners of history.
Guarnacci Museum (born in 1761 following the donation of its
archaeological heritage by the abbot Mario Guarnacci) exposes
finds collected in years of research Guarnacci with materials
coming from urban and Vallebuona (where even today Roman Theater).
Here the bronze votive Shadow of the evening: a statuette elongated
face of the young man who evokes the shadow projected on the
ground by the human figure at sunset.
The Art Gallery is located in the Palazzo dei Sarti Minucci
Solaini and retains many masterpieces of painting, including
some of the altarpiece depicting the Deposition from the Cross
of Rosso Fiorentino (1521).
The Roman theater (Augustan age dating) is located near Vallebuona,
was built by the family Caecina and, as in Greek odeon, its
structure accompanies steps of the gradient slope on which it
Many other historical attractions of interest to see in the
city and events not to be missed. To learn more about them is
advised to consult the official website of the town of Volterra.
The Alabaster, between tradition
A white stone, made sometimes soft and light, delicate, from
the hands of skilled craftsmen artists. The alabaster Volterra
was worked since the time of the Etruscans, but his work reached
the highest quantitative and qualitative levels between 1600
and 1800, when the city was in many craftsmen.
The tourism dell'alabastro is a itinerario-museo to go to know
the techniques of rock excavation (paragraph museum Castellina),
techniques of its processing and marketing (the museum dell'alabastro
of Volterra is located in the Tower Minucci ).
In many cities outlets where you can admire and buy handicrafts
in alabaster, from the simplest to real works of art