Volterra Walking Tour

experience Tuscany's oldest & most vibrant hill town

 

 

 

Arriving in Volterra by Bus

The CPT bus company runs buses from Cecina, Pontedera and Colle Val d’Elsa to Volterra. If you are arriving from Florence or Siena you can take a bus run by the SITA company to Colle Val d’Elsa and then catch the CPT bus; similarly, if arriving from Pisa (town center or airport) you can take the train (see above) to Pontedera, and then catch the CPT bus to Volterra. The schedules can change every few months so please be sure to recheck the schedule a week or so before your planned trip.

The websites with the bus schedules are only in Italian, so the following small glossary may prove useful.

Feriale or FR = Work-day (Mon – Sat)
Festivo or FS = Sundays and public holidays
Da Lunedì a Venerdì = From Monday to Friday

SITA

SITA runs buses between Siena and Florence that stop in Colle Val d’Elsa, where you can get off to change buses and catch the CPT bus to Volterra or San Gimignano.

Siena-Florence buses http://www.sitabus.it/sita-toscana/Firenze - Siena.pdf

CPT

From Colle Val d’Elsa to Volterra http://www.cpt.pisa.it/orari/extra/linea770.htm

From Pontedera to Volterra http://www.cpt.pisa.it/orari/extra/linea500.htm

From Cecina to Volterra (round trip)
http://www.cpt.pisa.it/orari/extra/linea865.htm

Arriving in Volterra by Train

The closest train station to Volterra is Saline di Volterra, which is reached only by a line running from the coastal town of Cecina. Train service is very intermittent, and most people choose to arrive in Colle, Pontedera or Cecina by train and then take the bus. Train schedules can be checked at http://www.trenitalia.com

Driving Directions to Volterra from the Pisa Airport

From the Pisa airport follow the blue signs towards Firenze and enter onto the highway called SGC / FI-PI-LI.

Continue towards Firenze for approximately 25 minutes until you pass through your first tunnel.

Immediately after the tunnel start to slow down and take the exit on your right towards Pontedera, Peccioli and Volterra. (Do not take the exit right before this one that also indicates Volterra – the roads are a bit more complicated).

The exit ramp will lead you to a roundabout. Continue around the roundabout almost the full way around, taking the road indicating Volterra.

Continue straight on this road for approximately 15 minutes following signs for Volterra and Peccioli, passing straight through another two roundabouts. When you arrive at the base of Peccioli at a stop sign, turn right towards Volterra, and soon thereafter you will pass over a small bridge.

You will soon arrive at a T-junction in the small road-side town of La Rosa. Turn left at the junction, following signs towards Volterra (at this junction you will see an enormous yellow boot in the grass to the right).

Follow on this road towards Volterra for approximately 10 minutes. You will pass through the road-side town of La Sterza and soon after you will pass a mechanic with a yellow sign “Cionini”.

Take your first left, following signs towards Volterra. (Do not go straight towards Saline di Volterra). This road will continue straight for a few kilometers, until you reach another junction (with the yellow and pink Hotel / Restaurant Molino d’Era on your left).

Turn to the right, following signs for Volterra.

Continue straight on this windy road for approximately 9 km until you reach Volterra. Soon after you pass the white and black sign indicating the town limits of Volterra you will see a CONAD supermarket on your left with a red and yellow sign. A few hundred meters ahead you will find the large stone city walls in front of you.

directions to the underground parking lot n.1 (located below Piazza Martiri della Libertà - the tour starting point)

Go straight, keeping the city walls to your left as the road winds around the city. You will arrive at an intersection where you want to turn slightly to the left, following signs towards Firenze and Siena. After this intersection the road goes uphill. Slow down towards the top of the hill and turn left onto the road at the top of the hill that goes between two large stone columns.

Continue straight on this road and after about 200 yards you will see the entrance to the underground lot on your right. (The road dead-ends in a sort of cul-de-sac called Piazza Martiri della Libertà, so if you get here you've just missed the entrance to the lot).

Estimated time: 60 minutes

*Cars can only enter the walled city if they belong to residents or if you already have a permit from your hotel; there are numerous free parking lots right outside of the city walls and several pay lots

Driving Directions to Volterra from the Florence Airport

From the Florence (Firenze) airport follow the green signs towards the Autostrada (toll road) A1 south towards Roma.

At the toll area you will need to get a ticket from one of the toll booths that do not have “Telepass” written overhead. Once on the A1 towards Roma (not Bologna!) continue south for about 15 km until you exit at Firenze Certosa. You will need to find a toll booth with a sign that shows a stylized figure dropping coins into a box from his car – this means you can pay your toll in cash (the toll should be about 2 Euro).

Leaving from the toll booth you will immediately arrive at a large roundabout. Take the first road to the right following blue signs towards Siena & Colle Val d’Elsa.

Continue on this two-lane highway for approximately 30 minutes and exit at Colle Val d’Elsa Nord (Volterra is also indicated on the exit sign). At the end of the exit ramp turn to the left and you will soon reach the town limits of the town of Colle Val d’Elsa. After your first roundabout, take the first right, following signs for Volterra.        

Continue straight on this road (the SS68) towards Volterra for approximately 25-30 minutes, passing the small roadside towns of Le Melorie, Campiglia, and Castel San Gimignano.

When you pass the restaurant “Il Grillo” (with a green and white sign) on the top of a hill to the right, and then a blue sign indicating Mazzolla to the left, you know you are very close to Volterra.

Continue straight on this road, following it uphill. You will soon pass a white and black sign indicating the town limits of Volterra. About 1 km later you will pass under a small arched bridge, and just a few hundred meters later, you will pass an Esso gas station on your right. You have the center of Volterra directly in front of you.

directions to the underground parking lot n.1 (located below Piazza Martiri della Libertà - the tour starting point)

About 100 m after the Esso station you will see large stone columns flanking the road in front of you. Turn slightly right onto the road that runs between the columns (do not take the sharp right turn that goes uphill).

Continue straight on this road and after about 200 yards you will see the entrance to the underground lot on your right. (The road it dead-ends in a sort of cul-de-sac on top of the underground lot that is also the main bus terminal – so if you reach this point you’ve gone about 20 yards too far).

Estimated time: 90 minutes