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Written by Michela | 22 April, 2011 7:20

Since the beginning of April have been introduced important innovations to improve access to customizing and extending the offer rebates to families, groups and schools. 

From now on Volterra (PI) admire the unique exhibits of Etruscan art, as the famous statue "Ombra della Sera", or the Renaissance masterpieces by Luca Signorelli and Rosso Fiorentino will be easier and less expensive. This is due to the reorganization of the entrances to museums and archaeological sites of this important Tuscan cities of art, launched in early April by the City.

The goal is to increase visitors, even in times of crisis like this, providing a service that best suits the needs of various categories like groups, families and schools, customizing and extending the offer reductions in the cost of tickets. The most important thing is that, alongside traditional ticket in force since 1994 which makes it possible to visit the three main museums, the Etruscan Museum Guarnacci, the Art Gallery and the Museum of Sacred Art, was introduced on the ticket to access each individual museum. In this way, each visitor can choose to visit the museum prefers according to his needs and expenses related to the time that everyone is forced to visit the city. As for ticket prices are in line with those applied at the regional level. For example, to the Etruscan Museum Guarnacci the cost of entry is 8 € and the Art Gallery 6 Euro.

Then there is the widening of cuts to make more easy and less expensive to visit the three museums. For families (valid for four people), there is the possibility to visit them at the cost of 20 euro, while schools can benefit from a reduced fare of 4 € per person and groups of 6 euro. DiscounEuroor members of the Touring Club and the Coop. "This is an important initiative of the City - said the Head of Culture Lilia Silvi - because so far the only option for the visitor was to buy a single ticket, valid for all museums.

From this year it will be possible to visit museums with a single ticket. A decision - he said - who wants to be a response to the many instances that have long received from the visitors of our city that can consciously choose which and how many museums to visit during their stay ". "The intention - added the Head of Tourism Gazzarri Graziano - is to ensure a greater supply of tickets for those who have little time available and can visit only one museum. In addition increased the bands who are entitled to reductions, extending it to more categories and keeping costs affordable for families, groups and schools ".

The Art Gallery and Museum

The Pinacoteca di Volterra, which is located in Palazzo Minucci Solaini in the central Via dei Sarti, holds within it important masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance. They range from grandiose Altarpiece by Taddeo di Bartolo in the run 1411, the great altarpiece "Christ in Glory" by Ghirlandaio commissioned by Lorenzo de 'Medici. In addition, two works by Luca Signorelli, "Madonna and Child with Saints" and the Table of the Annunciation "and the great masterpiece of Rosso Fiorentino, the altarpiece depicting the Deposition from the Cross, signed and dated by the great painter in 1521. Other major works are the two tables of Pieter De Witte representing the "Nativity" and "Lamentation".

The Etruscan Museum Guarnacci

This is one of the oldest public museums in Europe, born in 1761 when it was donated to the town of Volterra from the noble Abbot Mario Guarnacci. In its rooms you can admire the magnificent collection of Etruscan Guarnacci, from the necropolis of the city: In particular, alabaster funerary urns and famous masterpieces of Etruscan sculpture in bronze, as the true symbol of the Etruscan Volterra, extended the statue known as the "Evening Shade". Among the urns, that goes from Orientalizing (Seventh century BC) to the Hellenistic (IV - I aC), we can mention "The urn of the spouses', one of the most important finds in the collection of the first century to. C. with the elderly couple lying on the bed of the banquet.

Museum of Sacred Art

This museum is located in the Bishop's Palace of Volterra, Via Roma 13, and exhibits works from the cathedral and a small part of the churches of the Diocese. You may remember the marble frieze work of Mino da Fiesole, important fourteenth-century marble, altarpieces and sculptures in wood. Among them, the Shovel Ulignano, created by Daniele Ricciarelli in 1545 and considered a work of paramount importance. There are also paddle Villamagna Rosso Fiorentino and other works like the altar canopy of alabaster 1575.

For information Museums of Volterra

Tel. 0588.87580, E.mail: musei@comune.volterra.pi.it

www.comune.volterra.pi.it/musei