Discover all the wonderful excursions we offer in Volterra’s surroundings. These have been specially selected for you, to make your stay even more extraordinary.
Volterra is in the middle of Tuscany, in a position close of the most important towns of artistic interest:
- 1 hour from Siena
- 30 minutes from the seaside (Cecina)
- 1 hour from Chianti
- 1 hour from Firenze
- 40 minutes from Certaldo, Boccaccio’s native town
- 1 hour from Pisa
- 30 minutes from San Gimignano
- 1 hour from Lucca
- 1 hour from Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci’s native town
- 1 hour and 10 minutes from Populonia, a town with the Etruscan necropolises, and from Massa Marittima
- 45 minutes from Bolgheri, renowned for its fine wines and wineries
- 1 hour and 30 minutes from Montalcino and Montepulciano
Itineraries for art lovers:
In an hour you can reach Firenze, the cradle of the Renaissance, and visit the main monuments such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo with Giotto’s bell tower, Piazzale Michelangelo, the Uffizi, the church of Santa Croce and Michelangelo’s David. Luca will provide you with information on times, prices, museums of interest and will suggest the best parking areas where you can leave your car. One hour away by car you will find Siena, famous for its Paliowhich takes place in Piazza del Campo, Pisa with its leaning tower or Luccawith its beautiful medieval town walls, which are also worth touring by bike. Otherwise if you want to stay in the area, you can visit San Gimignanowith its tall medieval towers, just half an hour away by car.
Itineraries for nature and sea lovers:
Volterra is famous all over the world for its balze (cliffs):an area with a clay and sand soil that time has turned into a breathtaking landscape with clefts, precipices and creeks… You can go for day trips along the various cycle routes and loops: as many as 23 loop paths for mountain bikes, trekking or horse riding to visit the villages and natural reserves of the Alta Val di Cecina. Ask Luca for a map of the routes!
Volterra is also very close to the seaside: Cecina is just over 30 minutes away, but there are also many other towns on the coast that are worth visiting: Castiglioncello, Baratti’s Gulf, Marina di Bibbona, San Vincenzo and Follonica’s Gulf.
Finally, a must-see:
- heading south from Pomarance, the Valle del Diavolo: volcanic phenomena cause vapour to rise from the ground, thermal water springs with a strong smell of sulphur and boiling mud pools. You will see the silvery pipes running along the hills for kilometres up to the power plants. It’s worth visiting the Geothermal museum in Larderello, with its ‘soffioni’, boric acid fumaroles and the Lagoni del Sasso.
- the parks of the Val di Cornia, between nature and archeology, on the Costa degli Etruschi: the archeological park of Baratti and Populonia, the coastal park of Sterpaia and Rimigliano with its crystal clear water and untouched natural surroundings, Piombino and Campiglia Marittima.