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Cathedral of Volterra (Duomo)

Praised for its magnificent interior artworks and colorful chapel, this church is worth a stop if you find yourself in the town of Volterra.

From the outside, the unadorned, earthy-colored stone façade of the Duomo di Volterra does not predict the exceptional interior you will find as you walk through its doors. Illuminated by natural light and filled with colorful paintings, it is truly a sight to remember. Tour the artwork on your own. Get a picture of the Romanesque exterior built from materials recovered from the Roman theater of Volterra.

The duomo sits in the heart of the wonderfully provincial Tuscan town of Volterra. The cathedral is one of the main architectural wonders in Volterra, on a par with better-known churches scattered throughout Tuscany and the Italian countryside. Dating back to the 12th century, it is also older, though smaller, than the Duomo di Florence. Appreciate the important role this church has served for centuries of communities of Italian rural villagers, who still maintain an active bishop’s seat here.

Peruse the artworks on the walls and ceilings of the cathedral. The inlaid wood at the door is attributed to the sculptor Nicola Pisano. Inside are artworks from famous Italian artists. The religious symbolism and artistic representations of Catholic narrative provide a wonderful occasion to reflect and be alone with your thoughts. The grand marble nave and walls lining the main building’s interior make this a cool place to relax and avoid the hot Tuscan sun.

Avoid wearing clothes that expose too much skin, as you should while visiting any Italian cathedral. Visitors may be refused entrance if they don’t dress conservatively enough. The residents of Volterra are kind and are willing to answer your questions, especially if you know a few words of Italian.

Drive 90 minutes southwest of Florence to reach Volterra. You can also take two buses from Florence with a stop on the way if you don’t feel like driving. Although the bus route may seem less simple, it may be worth having the opportunity to take your eyes off the road and focus on the exquisite scenery on the journey to Duomo di Volterra.


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Hotel San Lino
Hotel San Lino

Hotel San Lino

Via San Lino 26, Volterra, PI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rossi Alabastri Volterra, Alabaster Ecomuseum, and Pinacoteca e Museo Civico. Cathedral of Volterra and Palazzo Pretorio are also within 5 minutes.

    Camere Renzi ¥6,685
    Camere Renzi

    Camere Renzi

    Piazza Martiri della Liberta 8, Volterra, PI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Volterra, this townhouse accommodation is steps from Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo Pretorio, and Porta all'Arco. Cathedral of Volterra and Palazzo Incontri Viti are also within 5 minutes.

      Hotel Volterra In ¥11,078
      Hotel Volterra In

      Hotel Volterra In

      Via Porta all'Arco 37/41, Volterra
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Volterra, this hotel is steps from Porta all'Arco, Palazzo dei Priori, and Cathedral of Volterra. Palazzo Pretorio and Palazzo Incontri Viti are also within 5 minutes.

        AlbergoDiffusoVolterra ¥9,321
        AlbergoDiffusoVolterra

        AlbergoDiffusoVolterra

        Via Porta all'Arco, Volterra, Provincia di Pisa
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Volterra, this aparthotel is steps from Palazzo dei Priori, Porta all'Arco, and Palazzo Pretorio. Cathedral of Volterra and Palazzo Incontri Viti are also within 5 minutes.

          Volterracentro
          Volterracentro

          Volterracentro

          Via Ricciarelli 22, Volterra, Provincia di Pisa
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is steps from Alabaster Ecomuseum, Rossi Alabastri Volterra, and Pinacoteca e Museo Civico. Palazzo Pretorio and Palazzo dei Priori are also within 5 minutes.

            Appartamento Completo di Elettrodomestici e Stoviglie Adatto per una Famiglia
            Appartamento Completo di Elettrodomestici e Stoviglie Adatto per una Famiglia

            Appartamento Completo di Elettrodomestici e Stoviglie Adatto per una Famiglia

            Volterra, Tuscany
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Volterra, this vacation home is steps from Cathedral of Volterra, Porta all'Arco, and Alabaster Ecomuseum. Rossi Alabastri Volterra and Pinacoteca e Museo Civico are also within 5 minutes.

              Villa Porta all'Arco ¥8,356
              Villa Porta all'Arco

              Villa Porta all'Arco

              Via Mazzini 2, Volterra, PI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Volterra, this hotel is steps from Porta all'Arco and Cathedral of Volterra. Palazzo dei Priori and Palazzo Pretorio are also within 10 minutes.

                Etruscan and Roman Volterra
                Etruscan and Roman Volterra

                Etruscan and Roman Volterra

                Volterra, Tuscany
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Volterra, this vacation home is steps from Cathedral of Volterra, Alabaster Ecomuseum, and Porta all'Arco. Rossi Alabastri Volterra and Pinacoteca e Museo Civico are also within 5 minutes.