Join our exciting tour of Volterra, an ancient medieval town in the Tuscan countryside, renowned for the presence of the alabaster and its artisanal manufacturing. Explore the narrow streets of Volterra and discover the traditional alabaster art that has been refined generation after generation.
With this guided tour of Volterra you will have the opportunity to discover one of the oldest and most famous traditions of the city: the art of carving alabaster, which is extracted in this area.
Our expert local guide will take you through a dense maze of narrow streets, in the historic centre of Volterra, where there still are the alabaster handicraft shops, havens of artistic inspiration and creation. Here, the famous "stone of light" is finely carved and refined, through an ancient process that boasts a centuries-old history.
Volterra itself is a city made of stone: the roads, its towers, its palaces and its austere walls. Everything is made of a yellow-gray colored stone, called “panchina”, from which often sprout sea-shells of rare beauty.
Our tour of Volterra begins with a visit to the Romanesque Cathedral (Duomo), located in the highest part of the city, where you can also admire its beautiful stained glass in alabaster and its magical aura.
A short distance from the Volterra Cathedral, your guide will lead you to discover one of the most famous alabaster handicraft shops where you will be able to admire the master sculptors at work, while giving shape to the rough stone and turning it to one of the many alabaster objects that fill the shop windows of Volterra.
In the second part of our tour, after a short walk along the majestic ruins of the Roman Theatre, we will arrive at Palazzo Viti, historic residence of the Vity family, one of the most important royal families of Volterra. Here, Giuseppe Viti, an important alabaster trader of the 19th-century, has collected numerous alabaster sculptures, which contribute to decorate in a unique way this luxurious palace where kings and princes used to stay during the centuries.
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Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and wear sunglasses and a sun hat in the summer months.
Also, appropriate clothing is required for the entrance to museums and places of worship.
You can book your private transportation service with ItalyXP.