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Montepulciano in Tuscany

Location of Montepulciano

One of the most beautiful hilltowns in Tuscany, MontepulcianoMontepulciano, known as one of the most attractive hilltowns in Tuscany, is located in the Val di Chiana and within easy reach of the Val d’Orcia.

Montepulciano is built on a limestone ridge of Monte Poliziano in the province of Siena in southern Tuscany with an elevation of 605 m.
The nearest bigger town is Pienza, located at about 13 km distance, Siena is 70 km away and Florence even 134 km.
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Volterra in Tuscany

Volterra is still almost untouched by the stress of contemporary life

View of city of Volterra in TuscanyVolterra, a jewel of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art, dominates the whole valley of the river Cecina from its birth to the Thyrrenian sea, from a hill 550 m above sea level.

History has left its marks in Volterra from the Etruscan period to the 19th century with artistic and monumental traces of great importance.

Today Volterra is still almost untouched by the stress of contemporary life and visitors to the city get the immediate impression of stepping into the past as they walk through the narrow Mediaeval streets; here they can find craftsmen working at their ancient crafts which have been passed down directly from Etruscan times.

Alabaster art from Volterra TuscanyThe tourist can admire them simply strolling on the streets of the historic centre or visiting the three city museums: the Etruscan Museum, the City Art Gallery and the Museum of Sacred Art. Besides the cultural aspect Volterra’s charm is due to the uncontaminated landscape, a way of life still moulded on a human scale, and an artistic handicraft unique in the world: the manufacture of Alabaster.

Volterra is a town to live intensely, to discover little by little with its atmosphere, its contrasts, the pulse of a civilisation and a culture that makes it unique and unrepeatable.

How to reach Volterra

From Pisa, direction east Florence, take the SGC. Exit Pontedera and follow direction for Volterra which is 40 Km far

Palazzo Pretorio at Piazzo dei Priori in Volterra Tuscany