Distance: 70 km
Often ignored, however, its proximity to the more famous San Gimignano, Volterra is a hilly village that still retains evident traces of its Etruscan past. The most important square is Piazza dei Priori, seat of Palazzo Pretorio, the oldest town hall in all of Tuscany. In the village you can also visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which houses many works of art by renowned Italian artists including Andrea della Robbia, Mino da Fiesole and Benozzo Gozzoli, and the baptistery.
Another significant building in Volterra is the Medici Fortress, which dominates the surrounding countryside and is visible from miles away. Located just outside the medieval walls near the Porta Fiorentina, is the Roman theater, which stands on an older Etruscan site and is one of the best preserved and most beautiful examples in all of Italy.