Volterra, known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri, to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town and comune in the Tuscany
region of Italy
.Outside the city, in direction of Lajatico, is the Medici Villa di Spedaletto. Also in the neighborhood, in the Valle Bona area, are excavations of Etruscan tombs.
Points of Interest:
- Roman Theatre (1st century BC), excavated in the 1950s.
- Piazza dei Priori
- Palazzo dei Priori.
- Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) in Palazzo Minucci-Solaini. The Gallery was founded in 1905 and consists mostly of works by Tuscan artists from 14th to 17th centuries. Includes a Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino.
- Volterra Cathedral. It was enlarged in the 13th century after an earthquake.
- Medicean Fortress (Maschio), now a prison housing a noted restaurant.