The area around Volterra has some beautiful towns to visit
Montecatini Val di Cecina
20 minutes from Volterra. Visible from miles away, Montecatini is an archetypal Tuscan hill village, perched high on a hill-top and crowned with a high tower that enjoys fabulous views over the valley of the Cecina river. You can stay in the high medieval tower - it's called Torre del Merlo and has been beautifully converted into a holiday home with its own pool in the olive groves.
30 minutes from Volterra, the medieval New York bristles with towers a short distance from Volterra, a magical reminder of a combative time when the stone towers and walls were tested in battle. A popular tourist hot-spot, San Gimignano can be a stressful place to stay but is a wonderful place to visit - and if you can go out of season, all the better.
45 minutes from Volterra. This small town has been made famous in the last 50 years thanks to a small group of visionary wine-makers who saw the potential of this rocky and sandy terrain and started to make big, fruity, complex red wines known as "Super Tuscans". A great place to come wine-tasting - you can read more about the wineries here: Bolgheri, Tuscany's Super wine area.
30 minutes from Volterra. This lovely hill town looks down on a patchwork of greenery and despite its small size has a lively village life with an art centre, restaurants, enoteca, ancient castle and friendly residents easy to interact with. There are concerts in the Romanesque Collegiata & festivals year round.
An hour from Volterra. If you'd like to go to the coast from Volterra there are few coast villages nicer than San Vincenzo - small, charming and slightly old-fashioned.
Photo by Kelsey Knight