Volterra, whose territory dominates the Val di Cecina, was one of the main cities of ancient Tuscany (Etruria) and it is famous for the extraction and processing of alabaster.
The territory also has a spectacular morphological feature: the "balze", or cliffs, overhangs of rock that, worked over the centuries by erosion suddenly open wide, cutting the earth. Over the years this geological phenomenon even devoured ancient etruscan walls, medieval churches and houses, as well as the largest ancient necropolis in the city.
We will explore the ancient city and admire the "balze", we'll enjoy a typical lunch, but is impossible to visit Volterra without discovering one of its alabaster workshops. You will see how this stone is processed: an art unique in the world a tradition that dates back to the Etruscan period, and an age-old technique still handed down from father to son.
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