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Around Volterra: some photos by Diego Colivicchi

Volterra and surroundings through the lenses of a local

Is there something better than describing a land through photos? Diego Colivicchi is Tuscany-born and loves photography as well as his land, the area around Volterra. The surroundings of Volterra are characterized by curvy hills and lovely landscapes, that, in fact, are the main subject of his photos.

Sunset from Podere Citerna
Sunset in the area of Volterra
Sunset in the area of Volterra - Credit: Diego Colivicchi

This is one of the glimpses of my land I prefer. It's just 5 minutes away from Volterra on the road to Montecatini and Val di Cecina. You can see this sunset from “Podere Citerna” looking to the “Casa del Vento”. Here there are sheep breeding and wheat fields. In spring, the fields are intense green with yellow spots of flowers. In summer, they are gold and black due to different kinds of wheat.

Summer in the countryside
Hot summer in Volterra
Hot summer in Volterra - Credit: Diego Colivicchi

The summer in the countryside of Volterra it's hot even for livestocks. This veal is sheltering in the shade of a tree during the hottest hours. In the background you can see the textures left by the work of agricultural machines during the harvest in Bacchettona, between Volterra and Montecatini Val di Cecina. 

Different shades of wheat
Shades of wheat in the surroundings of Volterra
Shades of wheat in the surroundings of Volterra - Credit: Diego Colivicchi

Here is the wonder given by the ripening of wheat. On the left you can see the darker colour of durum wheat and on the right the gold wheat. 

Early signs of spring in Corbano
Cuntryside around Corbano, Volterra
Cuntryside around Corbano, Volterra - Credit: Diego Colivicchi

Early signs of the spring and a ruin in Corbano, near Volterra. Photo taken from the farm Lischeto.

Botro ai Buchi natural canyon
Botro ai Buchi
Botro ai Buchi - Credit: Diego Colivicchi

This is an enchanting place, it seems from another planet. A hidden gem in the woods between Castel San Gimignano and San Gimignano. This is a natural canyon several meters deep and surrounded by mosses and shrubs on the wet walls of the impressing rocks. All these things give rise to a magical place full of charm.

Volterra black & white
Volterra black & white
Volterra black & white - Credit: Diego Colivicchi

This is Volterra seen from the main panoramic point on the Viale dei Ponti. It is a view of the baptistery and the roofs of Porta all'Arco after the snow in February.

The Roman theatre covered in snow
Volterra roman theatre covered in snow
Volterra roman theatre covered in snow - Credit: Diego Colivicchi

This is one of the most important archaeological sites of Volterra, it's the Roman theatre under the snow. In the background you can see the imposing church of San Giusto.

Contemporary art by Mauro Staccioli
Contemporary art by Mauro Staccioli
Contemporary art by Mauro Staccioli - Credit: Diego Colivicchi

The Volterra countryside is home to many works by the sculptor Mauro Staccioli (born in Volterra). This is just one of many, the shooting is taken under the stars while a car was passing on the main road from Volterra to Borgo di Roncolla.

If you want to see more of Diego's pics, check out his Facebook page: facebook.com/DiegoColivicchiPhoto

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