Spend two weeks exploring northern Italy at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary that allows you to choose the stops. You'll start off in the northern lakes, with Lake Como and Lake Garda offering boat tours past villas and amusement parks alike. Then make your way into Tuscany, where you'll ride a horse-drawn wagon through the countryside and explore the medieval walled city of Siena and famous art of Florence. Finish your trip in the Italian Riviera and colorful five villages of Cinque Terre.
Explore the Tuscan countryside by venturing into the town of Volterra. Weave through scenic countryside and reach the hilltop town and its incredible views. This walled town has deep roots in Etruscan history, and to this day, visitors can still see parts of its protective walls and ancient gates. Start in Palazzo dei Priori (the main square), its bell tower offering impressive views of the surrounding countryside. Apart from its historical importance, Volterra is also known for its alabaster production.
- Venture inside the Volterra Cathedral to see the marbled entrance and unique ceiling.
- Take time to visit the ancient ruins of the Roman Theater and wander through this incredible archaeological site.
- Stroll through the artisanal shops and handicrafts and see for yourself why Volterra is famous for its beautiful alabaster stone.
- As you leave Volterra, and if you'd like to discover some natural wonders with amazing views, we recommend a quick detour to the Balze Cliffs. Enjoy a late morning short hike along the dramatic and cliffs for fantastic views from the Camaldolese Abbey.