Volterra: Ancient Times and Fairy Tales

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While it’s not easy – or even necessary – to choose a favorite place in Italy, I may have to put Volterra on the top of my list. Coming off of our first stop of Rome, and the city-esque crowds of tourists, Volterra was an incredible respite. And, an amazingly gorgeous hill town that left me teary-eyed from the overwhelming charm and history.

Volterra, historically, is a walled hill town dating back to at least the end of the 8th century BC. What’s amazing is, it’s believed to have been continuously inhabited since that time. AMAZING. This is a place where just being and sharing space with the beauty and history settled into my soul in a gentle, healing, humbling way.

Much of my pictography in this post is meant to convey Volterra in a simplistic way. The irony of simplistic is, here it is charming and beautiful, no matter where or how one ventures in this lovely classic Italy hill town.

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Panoramic view from Volterra, beautiful Tuscany
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Under the Tuscan Moon
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Early a.m. view from my room window
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Ombra della sera, “Shadow of the evening”, Etruscan museum. The statue represents a nude male, 22.6 inches tall, with very elongated body but head in normal proportions. It is estimated by archaeologists to date from the third century BC.  Quite humbling.
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Wine cellar, the wine tasting fantastic.
Roman Theatre, excavated in the 1950’s, built in the late 1st century BC.
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Volterra Cathedral
San Giusto, Volterra
Cute Italian dogs and cute Italian men 🙂
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Etruscan Arch, entry into town
One of many, many quaint streets in Volterra.
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Beautiful everything here.

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