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Main sights to visit in Volterra:

- The "Museo Etrusco Guarnacci": houses the best collection of Etruscan art in Italy. In addition to its 600 Etruscan funerary urns, it keeps many pieces of amazing jewellery and several masterworks like: the "Ombra della Sera" a unique elongated bronzed voting figure from the 3rd century BC and the terracotta urn known as the "Married Couple".
- The "Pinacoteca and Museo Civico": is a well-known art gallery located in the Palazzo Minucci-Solaini (15th century). Its masterpieces are: the "Christ in Majesty" by Ghirlandaio (15th century); the "Madonna and Child with Saints" and the "Annunciation" by Luca Signorelli (15th century) and "The Deposition" by Rosso Fiorentino (16th century).
- The Duomo (Cathedral): Built between the 12th and the 14th centuries and remodelled in the 16th century has a rare coffered ceiling with blue and golden stucco figures.
Its masterpieces are: the "Procession of the Magi" a fresco by Benozzo Gozzolo; "The Deposition" a Romanesque wood-carving (early 13th century); The High Altar and a splendid tabernacle by Mino da Fiesole (15th century); an imposing and unusual panel by Guglielmo Pisano; "The Annunciation" by Fra Bartolomeo (15th century) and the splendid terracotta figures of "The Madonna and Child" by Zaccaria di Volterra (16th century). The 13th century Baptistry houses a lovely marble fountain by Andrea Sansovino.

Other emblematic sights:

- Piazza dei Priori: encircled by medieval palaces. The most important are: the imposing Palazzo dei Priori (early 13th century) the ancient seat of local government and the "Torre del Porcellino" (13th century c.)
- The "Museo d'Arte Sacra": located in the Palazzo Arcivescovile houses an interesting collection of religious art works. Its masterpiece is an Andrea Della Robbia's terracotta representing Saint Linus, Volterra's patron saint.
- The "Ecomuseo dell'Alabastro": hosts a beautiful collection of alabaster works from Etruscan times up to today.
- The Fortezza Medicea (The Fortress): from the 14th century.
- The "Parco Archeologico": located in the Ancient Acropolis. Now is a big pretty park with some vestiges from Etruscan and Roman civilizations.
- The "Teatro Romano": close to the town walls and built in the 1st century BC is the best preserved Roman theatre from that epoch in Italy.
- The "Arco Etrusco": Erected in the 6th century BC is a fascinating Arch with two columns and three basalt heads representing Etruscan divinities.

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