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Visiting Volterra

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Visiting Volterra

Hi there

I will be visiting Volterra at the beginning of September for my second honeymoon/ 25th wedding anniversary.

We are staying on a B&B about 3KM outside of Volterra.

First visit to Tuscany, any recommendations re restaurants, walks, visits gratefully accepted.

Looking forward to the visit

regards

Phil

Cardiff

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Wow, was it great to see your post. I have been researching for 2 months trying to find out info on trip advisor regarding Volterra. I have discovered thru Rick Steve's that he traveled to Volterra and that there is an Etruscan Museum. He also visited a showroom and workshop for Alab Arte which specializes in alabaster (shop across from Museum and workshop a block downhill. 9-13 and 15-19 closed Sun. Via Don Minzoni 18 and Via Orti Sant' Agostino 28. He also recommends La Vena di Vino Wine Bar also just across from the Etruscan Museum. It is run by 2 guys who have a passion for sharing wine - ask about the Super Tuscan. Via Don Minzoni 30, closed Tuesday. We will also be there in mid September so please post any info that you would like to share on Volterra. Have a wonderful Anniversary.

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Hello cardiff and fromtex

We have enjoyed several visits to Volterra and a great place to enjoy a glass of wine, catch up on your email, or to have an exquisite meal is Web & Wine on Via Porta all'Arco - right in the center of town. It seems to be relatively new (few years old maybe?) operated by an enthusiastic young staff. Wireless access for your own laptop plus several pcs to use (for a small fee). Great drinks and delicous pastries ... plus a glass floor in the center of the enoteca for viewing archaelogical digs! Fun place to visit after a day of walking the tiny streets and visitng the Etruscan Museum. Website is still under construction but can give you the idea: www.webandwine.com

Also - www.toscanasempre.com is another resource for music, sights and other info re: Volterra and surroundings.

We're returning there late September ourselves! Can't wait!

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Welcome to the forum you two.

We have had quite a few posts about Volterra in the past but I agree it is not too well publicised.

Many people like the place because it is quite unspoilt and not commercialised. the exception to that could be the many alabaster carving shops. Their work is truly amazing with many pieces lit from inside and very desirable. However as to be expected quite expensive !

The Etruscan museum is indeed as good as it gets if it's Etruscans your'e after.

On the edge of town the road overlooks the substantial remains of a Roman theatre. On my visit I could not gain access but there may be a way in.

The few restaurants that there are are tucked away and need seeking out but when you get there it is the real McCoy !

The dominating building, which should be avoided ! is the Medici fortress which is now a top security jail ! Be careful where you point your camera !

Good luck both,

Bob.

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NH13: Thank you for the Web & Wine on Via Porta all'Arco - I will love this place because of the glass floor with the viewing of the archaelogical digs. It was a thrill to hear from you on Volterra.

Bob (itrav31) I am saving my spending money to purchase a beautiful alabaster piece for my home. I am hoping for a piece to reflect the Etruscan style. Maybe something that is similar to the Etruscan casket lids in the Museum or a beautiful but simple compote/vase/bowl on pedestal. Since, I have not been, I am keeping my mind open. I figure that I will need cash because these are craftsmen and not worldwide shops (I only have an AE Card) How much should I bring? (I am sitting down) Thank you for all your help. Fromtex

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Many of the alabaster studios are more than willing to take credit cards. Also be prepared for the fact that your alabaster piece will be HEAVY. And alabaster is considerably more fragile than marble, so you mustn't drop it. You can find pieces in most any price range and will find better prices in the outlets attached to the working studios than in the galleries that just sell. You may want to stroll from studio to studio and do some shopping and price comparison before you buy.

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Addendum to last post: I do find many/most are reluctant to take AE in the smaller businesses and studios...so you may indeed want to bring cash.

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SavannahMame: Thank you, I will take extra care as I am planning on carrying it back on the plane. I am looking for a large piece. What would the maximum be, as I will need to have enough cash on me? Any idea would be a great help. Again thank you for your input. Fromtex

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Hi,

I live about 15km from Volterra, here is a wonderful restaurant where you will have a wonderful meal, it is just outside of Volterra.

www.molinodera.com

Bye

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I was in Volterra last evening and although the shope were shut at the time I was there, I could see the prices of the bigger pieces of alabaster (large plates) which ranged from 280 - 350 Euros. Smaller objects from 6 - 30 Euros.

Ciao!

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Hello:

My wife and I will be in Florence from Sept. 7th~10th and want to take a day trip to Tuscany. We haven't been to Italy before much less Tuscany and would appreciate any advice for a day trip.

I saw Rick Steve's video on Voltarre, Orvieto and Siena and wondered how many of these towns could you do in a day, which one(s) would you do first and should we take a bus, train or drive?

I like Voltarre and Orvieto but the latter seems too far from Florence for a day trip.

Any advice will be most appreciated.

Robert

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