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Getting There -- Driving is the easiest way to get here: Volterra is on the SS68 about 30km (19 miles) from where it branches off the Colle di Val d’Elsa exit on the Florence-Siena highway. From San Gimignano, head southwest on the secondary road to Castel di San Gimignano, which is on the SS68.

From Siena, there are 16 daily TRA-IN buses (www.trainspa.it) that make the 20- to 30-minute trip to Colle di Val d’Elsa, from which there are four daily buses to Volterra (50 min.). From San Gimignano, you have to first take a bus to Poggibonsi (20 min.), four of which daily link up with buses to Colle di Val d’Elsa for the final transfer. From Florence, take one of five daily buses (three on Sun) to Colle di Val d’Elsa and transfer there (2[bf]1/2–3 hr. total). Six to 10 CPT (www.cpt.pisa.it) buses run there Monday through Saturday from Pisa (change in Pontedera; 2–2[bf]1/2 hr. total).

 

Visitor Information -- Volterra’s helpful tourist office, Piazza dei Priori 19–20 (www.volterratur.it; (tel) 0588-86-099; open daily 9:30am–1pm and 2­–6pm), offers both tourist information and free hotel reservations. 

Festivals & Markets -- Volterrateatro is the town's July theater festival. The best local event for families is Volterra AD1398 (tel. 0588-86-099; www.volterra1398.it), on the final two Sundays in August. The town dresses head-to-toe in medieval garb, and kids don 14th-century dress and get to play as wool merchants or craftspeople. On the first Sunday of September, Volterrans dress up in medieval costume to engage in a bit of flag-tossing on Piazza dei Priori, an event known as the Astiludio. The sizable weekly market is Saturday morning adjacent to the Teatro Romano.

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