Vicinale, Volterra, 56048, Italy
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A public building, decorated for the tournament
A beautifully carved alabaster box
Can't tell by looking, can you??
A few museums with pictures
Is there any transportation out of Volterra to Sienna on Sundays?
RE: RE: Volterra Transportation
Well, you could look at the trenitalia site to see what the rail system says...hmmmm, it gives 2 solutions for next Sunday: one leaving Volterra-Saline-Pomarance by bus at 11:05, arriving in Cecina at 11:40, then leaving Cecina at 11:54 to arrive in Montepescali at 12:55, then leaving Montepescali at 13:44 to arrive in Siena (note the spelling) at 15:14. Argh...4 hours and two changes.
There is one later solution that leaves Volterra-Saline-Pomarance at 18:45 and arrives in Siena at 23:14 by a different route, but still 2 changes.
I'd look for a bus, but the SITA website is down (as it often is after midnight local time)...
Travel Tips for Volterra
Volterra is famous for its alabaster. The white chalky alabaster mined around here is classed as some of the best in the world.
In Volterra you can still see the alabaster artisans carving this white stone as they have for more than two thousand years. They make all sorts of things out of it, ranging from animals to picture frames to sculptured busts to candle stick holders.
If you are a fan of alabaster then you are in luck - Volterra has plenty of shops selling it carved into almost anything your heart desires.
You can also visit the Ecomuseo Dell'Alabastro (the Alabaster Museum), where you can check out a re-creation of an ancient artisan's workshop, and see some unusual alabaster creations such as musical instruments and a fried egg.
Visit Nearby San Gigminagno
Volterra is not very far from San Gimignana and it is easy to see both in one day. About 45 minutes by car on lovely winding country roads. These two cities are very different in character, so the contrast is interesting. Unlike Volterra which is silent and lonely, San Gimignana is bustling with energy, and captivating with it's many towers. Lovely shops and restaurants as well.
They have over 600 of these urns in the museum, most of them had been mass produced so you had only five options as to what your mortal remains were displayed in.
I took this and other pictures, I suspect illegally, but I wasn't about to ask.
While strolling around the wonderful historical (archaeological diggings are in progress) hilltop park you can't hardly help but notice the wonderful structure at one end. It's a good news/bad news scenario. The good news is that it has a modern purpose so it will be looked after. The bad news is that it is a state prison!
In 1530 in a last desperate attempt to reaquire autonomy Volterra rebelled against the Florentines war against the Medicis, allied with the latter but was again defeated and sacked by Ferrucci. When the Medici resumed power in Florence, Volterra lost its independence to the Duchy and then to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and began the descent to a slow decline until the 18th century.
The prison is actually the Medici Palace, called the Rocca Vecchia.
In front of the Duomo (Cathedral) you can see the baptistery. It has got an octagonal shape and it was built in the second half of the 12th century. The facade in front of the Cathedral has got lines made with green and white marble. Inside the baptistery you can see the baptismal source made by Andrea Sansovino in 1502 with reliefs showing the Hope, the Faith, Jesus' Baptism, the Justice and the Charity.
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