Worth the effort to see the views and understand the Etruscan history of Volterra, if history is your thing
This is very interesting, a church sitting on the edge of a cliff since the 1800s. A little tricky to find, but worth a view, to see this very good example of why Volterra has reduced by about 2/3s as the town has shifted.
If you are intrigued by the history of this town, be sure to check out these cliffs. Walking along the top you can see fairly well preserved remains of the wall and you can't help but think about all the history that these walls represent. The view from the top was spectacular but there is more to see if you... More
Approaching Volterra through the main road, you start to wonder about remote history,maybe in the prehistoric time or in Etruschi era, when Volterra was almost the only city in Italy and maybe in western Europe. Since that time, Those rocks,cliffs,holes have seen innumerable human events, hidden tragedies and mysterious facts,without altering their terrific aspects and losing their match with the... More
Ask at the tourist office in the main square to show you the very easy route out to this lovely spot by a campsite overlooking dramatic steep cliffs and the abbey in the distance which apparently you can visit at certain times on Friday-Sunday. Well worth a look and a few shots with the camera.
We walked from Porta all'Arco and didn't see many signposts for pedestrians. Locals were pretty helpful and we found it in the end. Quite a big camp site on top of cliffs and some remains of Etrucan walls. Some good views over country side but I have a feeling The Balze itself can be seen better from roadway below.
Not for those with a fear of heights! The walk along the cliff edge is spectacular (well protected with a fence and lots of warnings) and the views are amazing. It's sad to think the monastery on the edge of the cliff is slowly moving towards destruction-see it before it goes.
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