HISTORY
Volterra, alabaster and Pietra Degli Dei

Volterra is a unique town. Being nestled on a high hill, it has never been served by the main national and regional communication routes, and the most significant evidence of its past indicates that it has been an isolated settlement for over a thousand years. However, each civilisation and historic period has left significant traces with important monuments and artistic creations with charm beyond compare. Volterra is a Tuscan town filled with art, one of its kind, where the landscape that is so changeable with the seasons enhances the air of mystery, solitude and romantic sadness that pervades it. It is a stone town, because the roads, its towers, buildings and austere walls are made of stone. Everything is made out of a yellow-grey stone, the “panchino” (a local sandstone), where unusually beautiful shells often emerge. Its craft is also made of stone, of alabaster. The name “alabaster” is certainly of Egyptian origin and might come from the town of Alabastron, formerly famous for the production of jars and amphoras made to preserve perfumes …