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Address: Volterra, Italy

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an ancient hill town

One of those magical old hilltowns that can only be found in Italy. Highlights include the ancient Etruscan gate, the ruins of a Roman teatro, cobbled narrow lanes, alabaster... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

One of those magical old hilltowns that can only be found in Italy. Highlights include the ancient Etruscan gate, the ruins of a Roman teatro, cobbled narrow lanes, alabaster, some classic Tuscan restaurants, and a ton of history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

For us this town is all about the artists working in alabaster, that chalky, white stone that is softer than marble from which intricate decorative sculpture as well as plates & bowls are shaped. We have bought a pair of lamps with a lovely translucence that diffuses a gentle glow. Creatively, window panes worked into thin transparent sheets are employed... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Volterra is one of those must-see cities in Tuscany. We parked at the bottom of the hill and hiked up -- and it was a hearty walk, with more up and down once you're in the city proper! We loved it, however....and had a wonderful time wandering through the shops, visiting the sites, and eating in a piazza. The shopping... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Love Volterra, always have! It's just a short distance from San Gimignano, so I always include a stay there (at the Albergo Villa Nencini). Spectacular views, great restaurants, and good shopping!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Here you can walk around and admire the traditional houses. You can go into the cathedral and watch its fabulous golden ceiling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Nice small town and wonderful surrounding hills. Very lively but less crowded with tourists than other small towns in Toscana.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

It was a fantastic tour of the ENEL geothermic plant and museum near Pomerance Pisano. It was low cost & mega interesting. Massimo treated us to Italian appetizers in a quaint village after the tour - very authentic. Massimo is a certified 'guida ambientale' fluent in English, passionate and knowledgeable. He can be reached at massimogazzarri@yahoo.it

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Reston, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

That's what we love about Europe. Sort of. We took a day trip to Volterra from Florence. It was a bit of a bust. First of all, it takes 1 ½ hours to get there. Then, in late November, many shops and restaurants are closed. The restrooms are only open on the weekend. The country side scenery en route is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Following a Tuscan farmhouse luncheon we visited Volterra.... WOW! We drove up narrow winding mountain roads and Volterra appeared! There were churches castles old ruins and an actual functioning city. There were absolutely beautiful luxe shops w leathers alabaster and gourmand delights! The views from the top of Volterra are magnificent and commanding miles and miles of green countryside! In... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a lovely, typically Italian, hill town. It is a maze of streets with little shops and gorgeous views. You just need time to wander and absorb the atmosphere!

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