Travel information

Map of Volterra

Driving directions

Links

Weather forecasts for Tuscany
http://www.lamma.rete.toscana.it/en/meteo


Italian white pages
http://www.paginebianche.it


Currency exchange
http://www.xe.com


Temperature conversion
http://www.onlineconversion.com/temperature.htm


Trains
http://www.trenitalia.com


How to reach 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 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

The easiest ways to access the bus schedules is through this link to Volterra’s Tourist Office:
http://www.volterratur.it/en/the-consortium/press-area/ and click on “Bus Timetable”


CASH & TRAVELER’S CHECKS

Various tourists have reported having trouble changing traveler's checks in Italy and it seems most banks apply hefty commissions, even on checks denominated in euros. Almost no stores accept traveler’s checks anymore, and so to change them into cash you must go to a bank and present them with your checks, together with your passport. Some banks still refuse to change traveler’s checks, but most banks simply refuse to change more than 1 or 2 checks per customer per day, in part because traveler’s checks are the most frequently counterfeited currency! We highly advise against using traveler’s checks.

The fastest and easiest way to get cash is of course to use an ATM machine (called “bancomat” in Italy). Before your departure, we highly recommend that you call your bank to inform them that you will be using your cards in Italy and ask about the limitations of your credit card and/or debit card in foreign countries. Some credit cards may be blocked for “suspicious activities” after “abnormal use” in foreign countries (i.e. spending more than you usually do in any given country); you can unblock your card by contacting your bank, but make sure you have a direct telephone number to your bank with you so you can do this if necessary (you CANNOT call American and British toll-free numbers from Italy, so before departure make sure you have a regular – non toll-free- number in case of emergencies).