For the next in our series of Away from the Crowds reports we turn to Italy and the Tuscan Town of Volterra a great destination for a short break or as part of a longer holiday or self drive tour of this delightful part of Italy.
In Florence, you’ll be swept back to the Renaissance, dwarfed by fine architecture and art. But you can soak up centuries of rich tradition, eat pizza and bathe in Tuscan splendour without getting mobbed by other tourists. Perched on a rocky outcrop between the rivers Era and Cecina, Volterra sings with ancient charm.
WHAT TO DO IN VOLTERRA?…..
The town in compact, making it perfect for walking. Rewind the centuries when you visit the Roman theatre, where you can still see rows of seating, stage area, marble columns, baths and a sauna room. Don’t miss the Etruscan gate. Or take a day trip to Siena (one hour away), Pisa (one hour ten minutes) or Lucca (one hour twenty minutes).
Ice cream from the multiple gelaterias. Ombra della Sera dishes up arguably the town’s best pizza, and parents will love the nearby Chianti area with its fabulous views and wine cellars.
ACCOMMODATION IN VOLTERRA……
Head to the nearby Bay of Punta Ala and the Relais & Châteaux property Cala del Porto for a seaside stay complete with medieval fortress and fishing port. Activities include sailing, diving, horse-riding, tennis and sunbathing on the hotel’s private beach. There are special children’s menus and a babysitting service.
HOW TO GET TO VOLTERRA……
A direct service from London Heathrow to Florence is offered by Vuelling, several times a week, although the likes of British Airways and easyJet operate in to Pisa Airport.
Its about an hour’s drive to Volterra from either Florence or Pisa Airports..
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