The itinerary begins in Pisa. Crossing through the hills of the Valdera, we arrive in Volterra. The city (known as Velathri by the Etruscans) had ancient origins dating to the Copper Age: traces of the Villanovans were even discovered, but it was during the Etruscan era that small towns began to form in the area. Volterra has never been abandoned, continuing to be inhabited through the Roman era, Middle Ages and even today.
The itinerary winds through the Porta all’Arco, or Arco Etrusco, which was once part of the 4th-century BCE walls. The gate is decorated with protomes in the shape of heads that probably represent the goddesses who protected the entrance to the city.
We continue down via di Porto all’Arco in the direction of piazza dei Priori and the cathedral, on the left. This is where we find Palazzo dei Priori, the oldest town hall in Tuscany, the cathedral and the Guarnacci Museum, home to one of the most important Etruscan collections in Italy.