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The city, famous for the extraction and processing of alabaster, has a remarkable historical center of Etruscan origin (of this age remains the Gate Arch, beautifully preserved, the Porta Diana, which preserves the blocks of the jambs; most the city walls, built with cyclopean blocks of local stone; the Acropolis, where there are the foundations of two temples, various buildings and a few tanks, numerous tombs used for the burial of the dead), with Roman ruins (among all the theater to hemicycle) and medieval buildings like the Cathedral, the Medici Fortress and Palazzo dei Priori on the square, nerve center of town.

Velathri (the Etruscan name of Volterra, in ancient greek, Βελάθρη) ‘was part of the Etruscan League, called the twelve Etruscan or lucumonies. The king (and high priest) had told luchmon (lucumone). The name of the Etruscan city is well readable in the number of coins stored in the Guarnacci Museum. Some scholars, however, argue that the correct pronunciation of the Etruscan name was actually Felathrash. In Latin, the city took the name of Volaterrae, from which derives the current.

The town was very famous for the fabulous film NEW MOON of Twilight Saga

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