Enjoy a glorious walk through typical Tuscan scenery, looping back round to Volterra.
Start with a transfer to the trailhead, then set off on a rewarding walk which explores the gently undulating landscapes north west of Volterra, dotted with picturesque villas and poker-straight cyprus trees. Follow strada bianche (gravelled roads) and footpaths across rolling farmland.
When you walk back into Volterra do not miss a visit to the Pinacoteca in Palazzo Minucci-Solaini. This is an art gallery containing works by Tuscan artists from the 14th to 17th centuries, including the Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino.
Although the roads are relatively quiet, please do be careful of passing traffic, particularly at bends.
Tips, hints and links
Food & Drink ...
Volterra is well served with shops that will allow you to stock up for the day with food and water. Ask your hotel for directions to the nearest grocery shop. Although you are passing a few agriturismos on this route, most of them do not offer lunch so please make sure you take a packed lunch with you on this walk.
Alternative Transport ...
If you wish to shorten your walk there is a bus service (Line 800) between Montecatini Val di Cecina and Volterra which runs along the last 7km of the walk, there are frequent bus stops along the way. Typically, there is a bus in the morning, mid-morning and late afternoon. See http://www.pisa.cttnord.it/ for more details.
Some useful links ...
Volterra Art Gallery (Pinoteca): A wonderful art gallery with a collection of Tuscan art from the 14th-17th centuries. The origins of the Volterra Art Gallery date back to 1842 when Luigi Fedra Inghirami, who worked in the cathedral, began to collect works of art from various disused churches and monasteries of the city. He gathered the work in the chapel of San Carlo which adjoins the cathedral (http://www.volterratur.it/en/come/arts-culture/the-museum/art-gallery/).
(This route is used in the following itinerary: WItSClass)
Please be prepared by taking all necessary items. For example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants) and a sun hat and sunscreen (particularly essential during the hotter months).