Introduction Unlike the other major art centres of Tuscany, Pisa is practically devoid of great Renaissance monuments for, in fact she made her fortune and accumulated her art treasures mainly during the Middle Ages. Actually, the peak of Pisa’s economic and political power was reached in the 12th-13th centuries when Pisa ships ruled the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was only during this time that the city, whose prosperity came from lucrative trade with the Orient could afford to commission the masterpieces of painting, sculpture, and architecture with which to embellish herself.
The City Volterra is situated in the province of Pisa and lies between the valley of Era and Cecina. Built on a hilly Pliocene ridge 545 metres a.s.l. surrounded by two defensive walls, one Etruscan and the other Medieval, it is one of the most important centres of Tuscany, for its monuments which testify 3,000 years of civilisation and for its traditional craftsmanship in alabaster whose product are one of Italy’s leading crafts. Useful links : • Click here to get directions • 4 unmissable things to do in Volterra
Are you planning a visit to Volterra and you are not sure about what you should see first? Here you’ll find 4 different things to do in the small, ancient city and everything you need to know to plan your visit. 1. Discover the Etruscan Volterra The site where the modern Volterra is found has been continuously inhabited as a city since the end of the 8th century BC. At the time the hill top town was called Velathri (or Vlathri), but later the Romans gave to the town its
If you have been to Volterra before, you surely know alabaster: a particular kind of stone, lightly colored and translucent, used to sculpture small and not-too-small artifacts. The streets and narrow alleys around Volterra are full of shops and workshops in which tourists can admire and buy almost every kind of alabaster-thing: from little ornamental eggs to giant statues. In this post we wanted to collect for you some facts and curiosities about Volterra and its alabaster, one of the finest craftsmanship in Tuscany. Did you know that the alabaster
Exclusive Tuscany Day Tours to Enjoy the Real Beauty of Tuscan Cities, Monuments and Foods It’s really difficult to explore the whole Tuscany in one day. Also Weekly Tours are limited, because Tuscany is peraphs the Italian Region with the most beautiful places to visit. So, to help you deciding what to see and what to do in Tuscany in just One Day, we have grouped the Best Tuscany Tours in 3 main categories: Art and Culture Tuscany Tours Food and Wine Tours Rural Tuscany Tours All these tours can
How to reach from Pisa to Cinque Terre In case you are thinking about a tour to visit Cinque Terre, we cad advise to choose small tours, especially small tours by minivan with a number limited to people. Below some tour operator in the area Regulars day tours from Pisa to Cinque Terre: Bellaitaliatour scheduled regular tours on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday all year around. Free pick up and drop off from every Hotel in the city area. Small group with a max to 8 people group. Itinerary includes just boats
Explore Pisa: Discover Monuments, Churches, Artisans and Restaurants There is much more to explore other than the Leaning Tower. No filter needed in sunny Pisa. Pisa has been spruced up over the last few years and is looking great, there’s much more to the town than the Leaning Tower. With its central location and international airport it’s a great base for discovering Tuscany. Pisa walk sightseeings: The Best Routes Churches Walking Tour in Pisa Pisa is obviously well known all over the world for the bell tower of its Cathedral,
Off the beaten Paths of Tuscany: Lari (Casciana Terme Lari) Lari, a quaint little Tuscan town nestled in the Pisan Hills. We were there today on a private tour with a lovely group of Australian ladies who are on holidays in Lucca What You Can See in Lari Village Lari is an etruscan town situated along the way from Pisa to Volterra and it was, in the past, the capital of Pisan Hills. In Lari you can visit a fortress of the renaissance period, well preserved and opened to visitors.
Discover Pisa and not only the Leaning Tower The city of Pisa plays host to treasures of priceless value, making it one of Italy’s most important cities of art. The Piazza dei Miracoli, with its world-famous Leaning Tower, is the hub of the prized artistic and architectural offerings. The marble whiteness of the monuments treats visitors to a unique sight, seemingly rising from the grassy carpet of the piazza. The harmony of the arcades lends the imposing Leaning Tower a lightness that is repeated in the Cathedral and the further