Things to do in Volterra

Our most recommended things to do in Volterra

Florence: San Gimignano & Volterra Day Trip with Food & Wine

1. Florence: San Gimignano & Volterra Day Trip with Food & Wine

See the Tuscan gems of San Gimignano and Volterra on a day trip from Florence. Admire the fascinating Tuscan landscape with its rolling hills on the way. Top off your trip with a stop at a scenic winery to enjoy the sunset. Meet your guide in Florence and hop on a comfortable minivan to reach San Gimignano. Get a brief introduction about the city's history and its countless towers. Savor a delicious wine tasting session with light snacks. Stop at a popular gelato shop, winner of the world gelato championship, and order some for yourself from this master ice cream maker. After a guided walking tour, enjoy some free time to shop around the boutiques of the city center. Visit a local winery for a mouth-watering lunch in a unique venue offering spectacular views. Then, proceed to Volterra to enjoy another guided walking tour. Visit local monuments and iconic attractions. Have the chance to see a Tuscan jewelry store and an Etruscan museum. On your way back to Florence, stop at another winery to enjoy the sunset over another wine tasting.

Florence: Volterra & San Gimignano Wine Tour with Lunch

2. Florence: Volterra & San Gimignano Wine Tour with Lunch

Spend one day accross the rolling hills of Chianti, visiting Volterra and San Gimignano with a private driver, tasting a typical tuscan lunch, with the best wines of our Region. A wonderful Experience between art, wine and local food to discover pre-roman population (Etruscans), vineyards, medieval hilltop towns, towers and typical farms. Itinerary 1 Stop At: Volterra The driver-escort will pick you up to your hotel or another chosen location: (B&B or private flat) and will take you to discover the Tuscan countryside. The driver will bring you through the tuscan hills looking at an incredible panorama, among olive trees, vineyards, sunflowers and medieval towers.The first stop will be at Volterra. Volterra is a beautiful walled city, built on the top of a hill. The town was built over one of the Twelve Cities of the ancient Etruscan civilisation capitals and has some of the original gates from that era still standing along with a dedicated museum packed with Etruscan and Roman relics. The most interesting things to visit are the ancient Roman theater, the Baptistery and the “Palazzo dei Priori” in the main square. Duration: 2 hours 2 Stop At: Lunch in a typical Tuscany winery farm For lunch we will move to a typical tuscan farm. This farm promotes the Italian wine & food culture all over the world. A beautiful Italian experience to learn the best combinations beetween wine & food, the glass etiquette, the secrets of Italian cuisine, Tuscan wine-making techniques and more. 3 course lunch, with homemade pasta, Bruschettas, cold cuts, Pecorino cheese, prosciutto, salame and more… Wine tastings with: Chianti, Chianti Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese, Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia and Super Tuscan. Duration: 2 hour Pass By: Chianti Road After the visit to the farm, the tour continues through the famous “Chianti wine road” and the sweet Siena hills, amidst olive-groves, cypress trees and vineyards up to the Medieval town of San Gimignano. 3 Stop At: San Gimignano In the afternoon last stop at San Gimignano: The visit of the town and its magnificent towers will take about an hour. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town not far from Siena. Known as the “Town of Fine Towers”, during the Middle Ages there were more than 70 towers in the city. Now it is a real open-air museum, where it seems to walk in the medieval period. The town also is known for saffron, the Golden Ham, and its white wine: Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area. In the main square don’t forget to taste the best ice cream in the world (Gelateria Dondoli), and in the streets of the village you can admire the extraordinary work of expert craftsmen. You can also climb the tower-museum (Torre Rognosa) to see an incredible panorama and hear the legend of the Devil’s Tower. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes The return is scheduled at 4.00 PM

San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

3. San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

Start your day tour with a scenic drive from Siena to San Gimignano. Stop in Monteriggioni to see the well-preserved fortress built in the 13th century. Explore San Gimignano, admiring its many medieval towers. Recently listed by UNESCO, the town also boasts numerous artisanal boutiques. Head to a small family-run farm to enjoy lunch made with the farm’s seasonal products. Taste dishes prepared with saffron, and accompanied by Vernaccia wine. Continue to Volterra, stopping at a small alabaster workshop to see the ancient art of sculpting. In Volterra, admire the harmonious blend of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance styles as you walk along the streets of the historic center.

From Florence: PRIVATE Tour of San Gimignano and Volterra

4. From Florence: PRIVATE Tour of San Gimignano and Volterra

Discover Tuscany on this private full-day trip from Florence. Go back in time and learn about the history of Tuscany as you visit ancient sites like the stronghold of San Gimignano, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the Fortezza Medicea of Volterra, and much more. After being picked up from downtown Florence, enjoy a scenic view of the countryside as you drive to San Gimignano. This beautiful stronghold is one of the most popular attractions in Tuscany. During the trip, marvel at San Gimignano's ancient towers, visit the historic Piazza Duomo, and soak in the atmosphere at Piazza della Cisterna. Then, proceed to Volterra and stroll through the cobbled streets to reach an array of historical sites. See remarkable discoveries such as Etruscan tombs built hundreds of years before Christ, elaborate Roman baths, and an incredible theater excavated from rocks. The stop at the set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon is also worth looking forward to. Afterwards, recharge by having lunch at a local restaurant, trattoria, or farm house. Next, admire the imposing structure of the Fortezza Medicea of Volterra before heading over to Palazzo dei Priori, which is the oldest civic building in Tuscany. After your exploration, your driver will drop you off at your hotel in Florence.

Volterra: Piazza dei Priori & Cathedral Private Walking Tour

5. Volterra: Piazza dei Priori & Cathedral Private Walking Tour

See the historical beauty of Volterra, whose origins are rooted in the history of pre-Roman Italy. Discover the most important and historical sites of Volterra on this tour. Stroll through the elegant Piazza dei Priori, a medieval salon, and fall in love with the imposing royalty of the halls of the Palazzo dei Priori, with its elegant decorations and its frescoes. Take a leap back in time visiting the ancient octagonal Baptistery, dating back to the thirteenth century, and admire the late Renaissance decorations kept inside the Cathedral of Volterra. Explore the land of legends and ancient stories, where Volterra appears suspended in a timeless space. Get away from it all and enjoy this unique tour of a fascinating and historical place.

San Gimignano & Volterra: Private Transfer from Florence

6. San Gimignano & Volterra: Private Transfer from Florence

Spend a full day in the beautiful towns of San Gimignano and Volterra, exploring them at your own pace. Visit as many places of interest as you wish, spending as much time as you want at each destination. Go to Priori square, the Roman theater, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Climb one of the many towers of San Gimignano and much more… Get suggested itineraries if you are not sure on what to see. Be picked up in the morning by your friendly English, or Spanish speaking driver from your hotel in Florence city center, with a transfer back to your hotel at the end of the day. Relax in an equipped minivan with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. The tour will approximately last 8 hours.

Rome: Twilight Scenes of Volterra Tour

7. Rome: Twilight Scenes of Volterra Tour

A guided tour of Volterra will take you on a discovery not only of its artistic and historical beauties, but also its most mysterious aspects. Your tour of Volterra begins with your entrance into the city center through the Porta all'Arco: from there you will be immediately projected into an atmosphere full of mystery that will accompany you to the narrow Vicolo Mazzoni. In a small and steep alley containing dappled sunlight, you will discover the manhole where Edward and Bella stop for a passionate kiss. This is a fundamental stop for fans of the novel and for those who want to relive its romantic atmosphere. From Vicolo Mazzoni it is possible to reach Piazza dei Priori, for centuries the city's political heart where the austere Palazzo dei Priori stands out. Among the frescoed walls with bright colors inside, other events of the novel take place, and from its windows it is possible to view the entire city, including the roofs over which the Mayer vampires fly at night. This tour of Volterra provides you with the unique opportunity to learn about the history and origins of the city, as well as the literary traces left over the last few years by the Twilight saga. Your tour will conclude as you head to Montepulciano for a tasting of the famous red wine of the same name, following which you will return to Rome.

From Florence: Trip to San Gimignano, Volterra and Bolgheri

8. From Florence: Trip to San Gimignano, Volterra and Bolgheri

Discover the medieval villages of San Gimignano, Volterra, and Bolgheri with private transfer by minivan and an expert local driver. Explore each town at your own pace and admire the picturesque Tuscan countryside as you travel. Visit San Gimignano, defined as the Medieval Manhattan for its unusual skyline. See up-close the famous towers of this charming Tuscan hill town. Next stop, Volterra or the home of the Volturi in the "Twilight Saga." See the beautiful Etruscan architecture of this walled mountaintop town and marvel at the dramatic views around you. Then, arrive at Bolgheri, home of "Bolgheri Sassicaia" named the Best Wine in The World in 2018. See the vineyards and local wineries as you wander the winding streets and feel free to ask your driver for any recommendations.

Private Shore Excursion to San Gimignano & Volterra

9. Private Shore Excursion to San Gimignano & Volterra

Visit 2 beautiful Tuscan towns on this 9-hour private shore excursion from Livorno to the Chianti wine region communes of San Gimignano and Volterra. Traveling by luxury Mercedes Benz sedan or minivan, drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany, stopping at San Gimignano, which earned its nickname as the “Manhattan of Tuscany” from the towers built by noble families as a visual demonstration of their power and wealth. Walk along narrow streets, admiring the remaining towers dotted among old buildings. Go to the unusual triangular Piazza Cisterna, and stop at Piazza del Duomo, site of the Collegiata Romanesque cathedral, known for its fine frescoes. Continue west to Volterra, a trading center since the days of the Etruscans. Perched on a rocky plateau, and surrounded by medieval ramparts, Volterra’s sights include the lovely Piazza dei Priori, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. Admire its assembly of towers and palaces, before strolling to Piazza San Giovanni to see the Baptistery and Cathedral. Volterra is renowned for its alabaster production, and you will have time to shop for unique alabaster gifts, before driving to the ruins of a 2,000-seat Roman theater, brought back to life at the start of this century.

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What people are saying about Volterra

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 838 reviews

Amazing! This was our second Tuscany tour within four days, same company, and very fortunately for us, same guide. Dan picked us up on time in a newer Mercedes passenger van. Dan is from the area. He knows Tuscany - the history, the towns and villages, and the people who have lived in the region all their lives. He knows the wines, cheeses, and other foods that have made the region world famous for centuries. We had lunch at the estate of his friend, Carmela, one of the region’s growers of the finest saffron in the world. The lunch she prepared was worthy of a Michelin Star. We had plenty of time to see San Gimignano and Volterra. As we neared San Gimignano, Dan suggested approaching using an old road that would afford us a spectacular view of the hilltop and the town. Breathtaking! We toured another friend’s business. Homero has created, shaped and polished alabaster treasures for 65 years. Could not more pleased that we took our tours with this company and Dan.

This tour was amazing. Luciana was the perfect guide and can adapt the tour based on your interests. In this case, we just wanted the best of everything and of both towns and were not disappointed. It was fast-paced but San Gimignano and especially Volterra have so much to offer! The local food and wines were incredible, and the amount of sights and culture concentrated in this small corner of Tuscany is unreal. Highly, highly recommending this tour and Tuscany4explore.

In all honesty, you cannot beat the beauty of this tour accompanied by excellence and knowledge of Andrea. Engulfed in such history of both Volterra and San Gimignano, the exquisite landscape means so much more. Rounded out with the lunch, wines, and olive oils at the Podere La Marronaia that were extremely special. They are a farm that curates from passion and the hard work of the team. Highly recommend this tour!

My husband and I had a great time! Luciana was amazing and made sure we saw as much as possible. I had been to Volterra before, but I learned so much more the second time from her. The food and tastings were great. We will definitely recommend this company to our friends and will try some of the other tours next time we are in town.

Excellent tour. Beautiful locations, outstanding lunch, both food and setting. Tour guide William was excellent. Also enjoyed alabaster demonstration and visit with master craftsman.