Volterra is tiny, gorgeous, historic, and a little off the main tourist path beaten through Tuscany. It’s located halfway between Pisa and Florence but further south, not far from San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s main tourist sites.
Volterra has a long history from Etruscan and Roman times to the Renaissance period when it was under Florentine rule and thus the local merchants began to decorate their palaces to rival those in Florence. When the city fell under the rule of the Medici family who had become the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the city lost all independence and fell into decline. What we are left with is a small town full of impressive buildings.
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