Rich in Etruscan and medieval history, Volterra is a relaxing escape in Tuscany. Perched on an imposing rocky plateau (indeed, the town’s name roughly translates landslide in Italian) and surrounded by forbidding ramparts and city gates, the small town has sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding Tuscan landscape.
Volterra’s superb main medieval square, Piazza dei Priori, includes the 13th century Palazzo Pretorio and its towering Torre del Porcellino. Piglet’s Tower with its statue of a wild boar has been overseeing the main square and watching the goings-on for nearly 700 years.
Volterra’s Etruscan Museum warrants a visit with a handful of superb relics while Archaeloogy Park is a great place for a stroll and to enjoy tasty Volterran treats.