Just a short distance from Florence and Pisa and several other better known Tuscany towns is the town of Volterra that sits on a hill top like several of the Tuscan towns and cities.
Who can resist the urge to visit the legendary region of Tuscany, Italy? This area boasts a history so rich that it has changed the face of human history. Be it the arts, politics, or religion Tuscany offers such a rich culture that it’s almost irresistible for a traveler to Italy to ignore it.
Tuscany may be the world’s only truly organic work of art. The region and all it contains is one enormous museum, both natural and man-made. Here, as in few other places, the beauty of nature and human creation are integrated into a harmonious whole.
For centuries the region has been the site of olive groves, wineries and hills of unparalleled loveliness. At the same time, cities like Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Florence have provided works of architecture, painting and sculpture that are at the pinnacle of achievement.
Montalcino is also no slouch in the winemaking department. Tours of the Castello Banfi estate will persuade even the most finicky of wine drinkers of that. Over 7,100 acres provide this winery with ample stock from which to produce outstanding wines. Unlike many of its neighbors, the winery is only 25 years old, so it sports state of the art equipment. But the 11th century castle has been amazing visitors for centuries.