Here in Volterra we dip perfectly into its medieval
atmosphere. Its origin is still today wrapped of many secrets. The author
Gabriele D'Annunzio called it "the city of the wind and the stone",
because of stone there are the roads, of stone its towers and buildings
and also its simple city wall. Its legends are connected with the origin
of a still today mysterious people: the
or Tyrrenoi like it
called by the Greeks and from their 3000 years history, thanks also its
isolation, retains traces and certifications of each historical period.
You can discover traces of the city wall, which surrounded once nearly
completely, the stately "Porta all'Arco", the "Nekropolis of the Marmini"
and innumerable, archaeological pieces of founds kept in the Etruscan
museum "Guarnacci". A witness of the importance, which had Volterra during
the Roman age, is "the Teatro Romano di Vallebona" (end of the 1.century
In the heart of Tuscany, at the time of the Etruscan
civilisation, Volterra was the place where the working of alabaster
started and the area become the traditional and sole centre of
production. The alabaster industry is a typical manifestation of the
artistic taste of the Italian craftsman and of a tradition which is
renewed over time. The manufacture of this snow-white stone, by its
special softness, is easier than marble.
you can take part in courses such as: alabaster, Italian language,
cultural treasures of Tuscany, painting, music, Tuscan cuisine...
In Volterra however there is not only art and history; the surrounding
landscape is rich of natural treasures, which offers trips by foot, horse
back riding or by bicycle, along indicated routes, in order to discover
singular and characteristic places. During the summer time there is also
the possibility to participate at cultural and
as well as at art