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Museums

Major Museums and Galleries

Museo Etrusco Guarnacci
Etruscan Museum

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Museo Etrusco Guarnacci in Volterra

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The Museo Etrusco Guarnacci was founded in 1761 would Mario Guarnacci donated his collection of artifacts and library of over 50,000 volumes to “the citizens of the city of Volterra.” The museum is one of Europe’s oldest public museums, first housed in the Palazzo Maffei until it was transferred to the Palazzo dei Priori upon Guarnacci’s death in 1785. The collection was transferred yet again in 1877 to the Palazzo Desideri Tangassi where it stays today. Although filled with Etruscan artifacts – particularly funerary urns – dating back to Hellenistic and Archaic times, the main attractions of the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci are a bronze statuette called “Shadow of the Night,” a terracotta effigy of an Etruscan couple, and the funeral stele of Avile Tite.

WHERE City Centre
Open: Mar 16 to Nov 2 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Nov 3 to Mar 15 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Closed: December 25 and January 1
Entrance: €8.00 (euros), includes admission to Museo d'Arte Sacra and Pinoteca
Address: Via Don Minzoni 15
Phone: 0588 86347
Website: Visit Official Site

Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra
(Sacred Art Museum)

The Museo d’Arte Sacra was established by the Canon Maurizio Cavallini and officially opened its doors on December 20, 1932. Although it has always been a public museum, it was closed from 1944 until 1956 due to damaged sustained during World War II. It was also closed in the early 1990s for restorations. Housed in the Bishop’s Palace, the Sacred Art Museum is a collection of artistic works from the cathedral and churches of the Volterra diocese. The most notable pieces are holy vestments, ecclesiastical furnishings, gold reliquaries, wooden and fictile sculptures, and the only remaining 14th-century marble sculptures from the Cathedral. The works by Rosso Fiorentino and Andrea Della Robbia are also remarkably impressive.

WHERE City Centre
Open: Mar 16 to Nov 2: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Nov 3 to Mar 15: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Closed: December 25 and January 1
Entrance: €8.00 (euros), includes admission to Museo d'Arte Sacra and Pinoteca
Address: Palazzo Vescovile, Via Roma 13
Phone: 0588 86290
Website: Visit Official Site

Palazzo Minucci-Solaini
(Pinacoteca and Civic Museum)

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Pinacoteca and Civic Museum in Volterra

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Although the Cathedral worker Luigi Fedra Inghirami began collecting the works of art that are now housed in the Pinacoteca e Museo Civico in as early as 1842, it was Corrado Ricci - Superintendent of Antiquities and Fine Arts - who proposed turning the collection into a municipal art gallery. The collection was transferred to the Palazzo dei Priori in 1905 before it was moved to its current and stunning location. Although not a large gallery, the Pinacoteca e Museo Civico houses some of the best works by Volterran artists who lived in the city between the 12th and 17th centuries. These artists include Rosso Fiorentino, Taddeo di Bartolo, Cenni di Francesco, Alvaro Pirez, Francesco Neri and Benvenuto di Giovanni. The collection also includes work by sculptors Francesco di Valdambrino, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Luca Signorelli.

WHERE City Centre
Open: Mar 16 to Nov 2 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Nov 3 to Mar 15 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Closed: December 25 and January 1
Entrance: €8.00 (euros), includes admission to Museo d'Arte Sacra and Pinoteca
Address: Via dei Sarti, 1
Phone: 0588 87580
Website: Visit Official Site

Ecomuseo dell’Alabastro
(Alabater Museum)

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Alabater Museum in Volterra

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The Ecomuseo dell’Alabastro is an art museum that shares space with the Pinacoteca in a former 17th century Augustinian convent. A private collection assembled by the Bruchi family over the course of 30 years, it includes paintings, antiques, and ceramics. The museum is most well-known, however, for its collection of alabaster works. Contemporary works are found on the ground floor, while the upper floors house beautiful Etruscan pieces that include cameos by Luigi Albino Funaioli and busts by Giuseppe Bessi.

WHERE City Centre
Open: Mar 16 to Nov 2 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Nov 2 to Mar 15 - 9:00am to 1:30pm (Sat. and Sun. ONLY)
Closed: December 25 and January 1
Address: Torri Minucci - Piazzetta Minucci
Phone: 0588 87580
Website: Visit Official Site

Palazzo dei Priori
Priori Palace

The Palazzo dei Priori was designed by Richard of Como and built between 1208 and 1254. Tuscany’s first town hall, the Palazzo is believed to have served as a model for Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Although it has been altered quite a few times over the centuries, visitors can appreciate what still remains of the Palazzo dei Priori’s distinctive façade, five-sided tower, and crenellations. The Palazzo’s Sala del Consiglio, where Volterra’s leaders still meet, is open to the public along with the rest of the building.

WHERE City Centre
Open: Mar 16 to Nov 1 - 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Nov 2 to Mar 15 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Sat. and Sun. ONLY)
Closed: December 25 and January 1
Address: Palazzo dei Priori
Website: Visit Official Site

Palazzo Incontri-Viti

The Palazzo Incontri-Viti is considered one of the most beautiful private residences in Italy. It was built in the last 16th century for Attilio Incontri, the minister to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. As it has changed hands over the years, the Palazzo has undergone a variety of renovations – including the addition of a theatre on the ground floor. In 1964, Luchino Visconti used the Palazzo Incontri-Viti as a set while filming 'Vaghe Stelle dell’Orso', which one the Leone d-oro at the Venice film festival.

WHERE City Centre
Open: Mar 16 to Nov 1 - 10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Nov 2 to Mar 15 - pre-bookings only
Closed: December 25 and January 1
Address: Via dei Sarti, 41
Phobe: 0588 84047
Website: Visit Official Site

Must See

Christ in Heaven

Photo of Christ in Heaven painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio in the Pinacoteca


Annunciazione

Photo of Christ in Heaven painting by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Painting of Annunciazione by Luca Signorelli in the Pinacoteca


Vergine in Trono

Photo of Vergine in Trono by Luca Signorelli

Painting of Vergine in Trono by Luca Signorelli in the Pinacoteca

FAQ

How long does it take to explore the museums in Volterra?
Although the collections displayed in the museums of Volterra are worth exploring, these are not very large and in a couple of hours the visitor will have an opportunity to see the most interesting works on display.

Tourist Office

IQCruising strongly advises a visit to the Tourist Information Office on Piazza dei Priori (very centrally located) - open every day between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm to double check opening hours of main attractions.

The Tourist Information Office can provide adtional information of interest for the cruise ship passenger calling at the Port of Livorno. Besides great maps, it also offers an Audio Guide Tour that is ideal to explore Volterra on your own.

If the cruise traveler is interested in the popular Twilight vampire saga, the Tourist Information Office has info about all major filming sites and tours on offer.

Official Website:
www.volterratur.it

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Last Update: January 13, 2016

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