The relatively isolated Tuscan hilltop town of Volterra remains a place of inexhaustible enchantment, despite having been "discovered" by a well-known writer of guide books a few years back.
The main gate of Volterra, Tuscany
Volterra preserves its mediaeval ambience with its 12 C city walls and mediaeval urban layout of narrow streets, palaces, tower houses and churches. The Renaissance had an important influence on Volterra but without changing its mediaeval character. The superb palaces of Minucci Solaini, Incontri-Viti and Inghirami, as well as the imposing Fortezza Medicea and the Convent of San Girolamo, which are all integrated into the mediaeval city, date from the Renaissance. Definitely worth a visit.