Volterra was an Etruscan settlement starting from the 8th century BC. In the 4th century BC, the Etruscans built a defensive wall over 7 kilometers long to enclose the town as well as arable and pasture land. 25,000 people were housed within the wall. After the battle of Lake Vadimone (283 B.C.) the Etruscans were forced to accept Roman rule.

Palazzo dei Priori
Palazzo dei Priori, Volterra's town hall - the oldest in Tuscany (constructed 1208-1254)

Duomo fresco
Duomo fresco of the Ascension of Christ by Nicolo Cercignani (1591)

Roman Theatre
Roman Theatre (1st century BC)

Alabaster craftsman
Alabaster craftsman

Alabaster storage room
Alabaster storage room

Etruscan Gate
The Porto all'Arco, an Etruscan gate.

Etruscan style jewelry
Beautiful Etruscan style jewelry

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