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Volterra, Italy

Views in and Around Volterra

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I know that I am not alone among women in my generation who first heard of Volterra via the Twilight series and their sparkly vampires. I’m also fairly certain that I’m not alone in being slightly hesitant to admit that fact.

But! While the Twilight craze of the mid-to-late 2000’s has come to a close, Volterra remains just as majestic as ever. This ancient, Etruscan city is said to have been continuously inhabited since roughly 800 BCE — in other words, people have been living here for so long that the entire existence of the United States can be wrapped up into an amount of time that would be considered an inconsequential rounding error to Volterra.

The city is truly impressive and arguably one of the prettiest Tuscan villages–while the roads to get there are slightly perilous (many hairpin turns on narrow mountain streets that the Italians like to drive incredibly fast on), the views you receive as the city unfolds before you, all ancient architecture and olive tree orchards, are worth it. Volterra is set into the hills, and you approach from the bottom: the closer you get, the more the city looms over you.

The second that we stepped into the ancient walls (after leaving our car at the bottom of a very tall hill–wear comfortable shoes), I loved it. Volterra is full of narrow streets, stone arches, and beautiful buildings. It is, hands down, my favorite Tuscan town so far, and definitely one of the most photogenic.

There are many mistakes you can make in Italy, and in our totally biased opinions, not taking time to explore the small cities in the Tuscan countryside is one of them.

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Here are some of our favorite views in and around Volterra:

Volterra, Italy

Volterra, Italy

Volterra, Italy

Volterra, Italy

Volterra, Italy

Volterra, Italy

Volterra, Italy

Volterra, Italy

Volterra, Italy

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Kate has been traveling the world full-time for more than 3 years. She tries to keep a balance between going on new adventures and exploring favorite destinations (like Italy!) in depth, and is always on the lookout for the next beautiful overlook and delicious meal.

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