A few kilometres from the Donna Nobile Bed & Breakfast San Gimignano is the pretty town of Volterra, known especially for its Etruscan origins. Selected as a background by many Italian and international authors and film directors, it is a small gem with a wealth of archaeological and monumental testimonies of great importance.
The town still retains the urban layout that recalls its Etruscan origins; you can still in fact visit a large part of the town wall built in the 4th century BC and two of the gateways to the town, Porta Diana and the Porta dell'Arco, as well as the old Acropolis which houses several buildings and the foundations of two ancient temples. It is impossible not to linger in front of the magnificence of the Roman Theatre of the 1st century BC, brought to light by the archaeological excavations of the 1950s, it is one of the best preserved examples in Italy. The Duomo in Romanesque style is a witness to the historical path of Volterra as it includes elements of different historical periods in one piece of architecture. The Baptistery of San Giovanni stands in the same square, built in the second half of the 13th century, with walls decorated in the classic two colour style of green and white marble.
The Ecomuseo dell'Alabastro, which tells of the ancient town tradition that has drawn on the precious material from nearby quarries since Etruscan times, is not to be missed.