RISERVA / GENERAL AREA
The area around the ancient Etruscan hilltop town of Volterra is noted for its spectacular scenery and unspoilt beauty. The Riserva is idyllically located between Volterra and San Gimignano, close to the protected Berignone National Park and is situated in a very private peaceful location. The geologically nature of the terrain (mostly sand and clay) has significantly influenced the features of the surrounding landscape. The elevated hills have abundant forests and woodlands, with a wide variety of trees including species of oak and chestnut. Arable land is interspersed with vineyards and numerous olive groves, and the iconic tall cypress trees punctuate the exquisite Tuscan landscape.
The river Fosci, which forms part of the border of the Riserva, meanders on down to the Cecina river.
GENERAL AREA OF VOLTERRA
This beautiful area of Western Tuscany offers a wide variety of opportunities for the discerning visitor. Apart from the spectacular unspoilt beauty of the landscape, the area is richly endowed with a strong cultural heritage, dating all the way back to the Etruscan era.
During this historical period, the ancient fortified town of Volterra achieved great significance as a strategically important hilltop settlement. To this day, much of the historical architectural evidence remains and can be seen within the old walls. Many valuable and interesting artefacts have been found & preserved for future generations, displayed where they can be seen and appreciated within the three main museums in Volterra. The Guarnacci museum is one of the earliest public museums in Europe, and the curators have preserved and documented an extensive collection of Etruscan, Roman Medieval and renaissance art from across the centuries. Today, Volterra thrives as a vibrant and important cultural centre in this area and has much to offer both residents and visitors to this region. Not least, the fascinating and historically important Alabaster industry, and the ancient extraction of mineral waters, copper and salt.