Volterra, as well as being justly famous for the production of alabaster, is without doubt one of the most important historical towns of Tuscany. Enclosed within the medieval walls, surrounded by the largest curtain of Etruscan walls is bordered by menacing but characteristic erosion of the "Balze" is spectacular with its lone silhouetted on the summit of the hills that divide the Valdera from Val di Cecina.
The medieval Piazza dei Priori then, with the same name and the Praetorian Palace, is certainly one of the finest of its kind, while the nearby St John's Square which houses the Dome with its Pisan style, with the octagonal Baptistery of the thirteenth century, as beautiful and distinctive. Inside the cathedral and the nearby Museum of Sacred Art are preserved many works of art belonging to different historical periods, from Romanesque to Renaissance.
The center of Volterra then offers a picturesque view of typical medieval tower-houses, as well as other beautiful churches, among which we point out in particular the beautiful San Michele Archangel, but much of the charm of the city is also in the walls and beyond of them: on the south side are in fact the Etruscan Arch and the imposing fortress, while the other side there is the archaeological area including the theater and the Roman baths. A small city, but rich in art and history, reflecting its glorious past that has spanned millennia. Welcome to Volterra!