VOLTERRAcelebrates 3000 years of history and cherishes an artistic and architectual heritage that can be admired and appreciated simply by strolling through the narrow streets of the historical centre. Volterra has always been and still is a close-knit community where as children we learnt to walk by pursuing the pigeons strutting on the stone paving of the main square, the Piazza dei Priori. We played hide-and-seek and concealed ourselves along the Medieval walls and in the Etruscan tombs, went to school in 18th century buildings and prayed in 13th century churches. Today our children play treasure hunt among the paintings of Rosso Fiorentino and Ghirlandaio. My colleagues and I warmly welcome you to come and stay in one of our beautifully renovated Historical Retreats to experience the authenticity of the local culture and traditions and the enchantment of a timeless setting surrounded by unspoilt countryside. We can assist and direct you to explore lesser known places of interest, discover curiosities, recommend local produce and where to admire the local artifacts and browse the alabaster workshops. Alabaster is an artistic craft that is inherent and exclusive to Volterra. The skills and working techniques of the art of carving alabaster have been handed down through the centuries from generation to generation.