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DIRECTIONS FROM THE PISA AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF VOLTERRA

Leaving the parking lots of the Pisa airport follow the blue signs towards Firenze and enter onto the highway called SGC / FI-PI-LI. (This means “main road between Firenze, Pisa and Livorno” -it is rather easy to go onto this road as it is visible from the airport).
Continue towards Firenze for approximately 20 minutes until you pass through your first tunnel. Immediately after the tunnel start to slow down and take the exit on your right towards Pontedera, Peccioli and Volterra. (Do not take the exit right before this one that also indicates Volterra – the roads are a bit more complicated).
The exit ramp will lead you to a roundabout. Continue around the roundabout almost the full way around, taking the road indicating Volterra.
Continue straight on this road for approximately 15 minutes following signs for Volterra and Peccioli, passing straight through another two roundabouts. When you arrive at the base of Peccioli at a stop sign, turn right towards Volterra, and soon thereafter you will pass over a small bridge.
You will soon arrive at a T-junction in the small road-side town of La Rosa. Turn left at the junction, following signs towards Volterra (at this junction you will see an enormous yellow boot in the grass to the right).
Follow on this road towards Volterra for approximately 10 minutes. You will pass through the road-side town of La Sterza and soon after you will pass a mechanic with a yellow sign “Cionini”. Take your first left, following signs towards Volterra. (Do not go straight towards Saline di Volterra). This road will continue straight for a few kilometers, until you reach another junction (with the yellow and pink Hotel / Restaurant Molino d’Era on your left).
Turn to the right, following signs for Volterra.
Continue straight on this windy road for approximately 9 km until you reach Volterra. Soon after you pass the white and black sign indicating the town limits of Volterra you will see a CONAD supermarket on your left with a red and yellow sign. A few hundred meters ahead you will find the large stone city walls in front of you.

*Cars can only enter the walled city if they belong to residents or if you already have a permit from your hotel; there are numerous free parking lots right outside of the city walls and several pay lots

… directions to the underground parking lot number 1 (the closest to the city center)
Go straight, keeping the city walls to your left as the road winds around the city. You will arrive at an intersection where you want to turn slightly to the left, following signs towards Firenze and Siena. After this intersection the road goes uphill. Slow down towards the top of the hill and turn left onto the road at the top of the hill that goes between two large stone columns.
Continue straight on this road and after about 200 yards you will see the entrance to the underground lot on your right. (The road it dead-ends in a sort of cul-de-sac on top of the underground lot that is also the main bus terminal – so if you reach this point you’ve gone about 20 yards too far).

Estimated time: 55 minutes


DIRECTIONS FROM THE FLORENCE AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF VOLTERRA

*you should remember to get Euro in cash from an ATM machine (“bancomat” in Italian) before leaving the airport as you will need to pay a toll along this road

From the Florence (Firenze) airport follow the green signs towards the Autostrada (toll road) A1 south towards Rome (Roma). (The A1 is close to the airport but the area around the airport is constantly under construction so it is advisble to ask the car rental agency detailed directions as to how to best access the entrance ramp to A1)
At the toll area you will need to get a ticket from one of the toll booths that do not have “Telepass” written overhead. Once on the A1 towards Roma (not Bologna!) continue south for about 15 km until you exit at Firenze Certosa. You will need to find a toll booth with a sign that shows a stylized figure dropping coins into a box from his car – this means you can pay your toll in cash (the toll should be less than 2 Euro).
Leaving from the toll booth you will immediately arrive at a large roundabout. Take the first road to the right following blue signs towards Siena & Colle Val d’Elsa.
Continue on this two lane highway for approximately 30 minutes and exit at Colle Val d’Elsa Nord (Volterra is also indicated on the exit sign). At the end of the exit ramp turn to the left and you will soon reach the town limits of the town of Colle Val d’Elsa. At the first roundabout, take your first right, heading up hill and following signs for Volterra.
Continue straight on this road (the SS68) towards Volterra for approximately 25-30 minutes, passing the small roadside towns of Le Melorie, Campiglia, and Castel San Gimignano.
When you pass a blue sign indicating Mazzolla to the left, you know you are very close to Volterra.
Continue straight on this road, following it uphill. You will soon pass a white and black sign indicating the town limits of Volterra. About 1 km later you will pass under a small arched bridge, and just a few hundred meters later, you will pass an Esso gas station on your right. You have the center of Volterra directly in front of you.

*Cars can only enter the walled city if they belong to residents or if you already have a permit from your hotel; there are numerous free parking lots right outside of the city walls and several pay lots

… directions to the underground parking lot number 1 (the closest to the city center)
About 100 m after the Esso station you will see large stone columns flanking the road in front of you. Turn slightly right onto the road that runs between the columns (do not take the sharp right turn that goes uphill). Continue straight on this road and after about 200 yards you will see the entrance to the underground lot on your right. (The road it dead-ends in a sort of cul-de-sac on top of the underground lot that is also the main bus terminal – so if you reach this point you’ve gone about 20 yards too far).

Estimated time: 90 minutes


DIRECTIONS FROM THE ROME AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF VOLTERRA

*you should remember to get Euro in cash from an ATM machine (“bancomat” in Italian) before leaving the airport as you will need to pay tolls along this road

Leaving the Rome airport of Fiumicino follow signs towards the SS1 (also called the “Aurelia”) in the direction of Civitavecchia and Grosseto (going north). You will have to pay two small tolls on this road (about 2 Euro each). You will need to find a toll booth with a sign that shows a stylized figure dropping coins into a box from his car – this means you can pay your toll in cash (not the booths that have “Telepass” written overhead).
Continue straight on this road following signs for Grosseto and then, when you pass Grosseto, continue on this road towards Cecina. Exit at Cecina, following signs for the SS68 to Volterra. (From the Rome airport to Cecina it takes about 3 hours). A few kilometres after the exit from the main highway you will pass over train tracks and then arrive at an intersection. Turn right towards Volterra.
Continue straight on this windy road, passing the roadside towns of Ponteginori and Saline di Volterra, following signs for Volterra. After Saline di Volterra the road will begin to wind uphill towards Volterra. After about 45 minutes on this road (from Cecina) you will see a black and white sign indicating the town limits of Volterra. After 1 km you will pass an AGIP gas station on your left. After another few hundred meters you will reach a crossroads on a curve to the right with Pisa indicated to the left and Siena and Firenze indicated to the right. You are right under the city walls of the center of Volterra.
Turn right or left; in both directions you will find parking lots right outside of the city walls.

*Cars can only enter the walled city if they belong to residents or if you already have a permit from your hotel; there are numerous free parking lots right outside of the city walls and several pay lots

… directions to the underground parking lot number 1 (the closest to the city center)
Turn right at this intersection towards Firenze and Siena – the road will continue uphill and you will see the city walls on your left. Slow down towards the top of the hill and turn left onto the road at the top of the hill that goes between two large stone columns.
Continue straight on this road and after about 200 yards you will see the entrance to the underground lot on your right. (The road it dead-ends in a sort of cul-de-sac on top of the underground lot that is also the main bus terminal – so if you reach this point you’ve gone about 20 yards too far).

Estimated time: 3 ¾ hours