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Tuscany is rich in history, and your holiday villa in Volterra is perfectly located to provide an excellent base for discovering Tuscany’s past. This article archive contains information on Tuscan history and many exciting historical locations, including where you can see Etruscan sites in Tuscany and where to follow an ancient pilgrim route.

  When I travel to a new place, I prepare a list of things and towns that I absolutely have to see to make the most of each day. If this is your first time in Tuscany, I imagine that you’re looking for top itinerary tips. Villa Sensano does it for you and suggests you the [...]


Credits: “Pisa from the medieval walls”, Visit Tuscany Mention the name Pisa and the image that springs to mind is undoubtedly that of its famous tilted tower. However, there are other attractions worth visiting in this Tuscan town. The Campo Santo Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery) is sacred ground; ‘campo santo’ means holy field. While its monuments [...]

Credits: “Contrade”, Daniele Marcucci Americans interested in horse racing are likely to think of The Kentucky Derby or the Breeders Cup as highlights on the calendar of prestigious races. In Italy, equally colorful and stylish fanfare surrounds Siena’s Palio. The event has been held since 1281, long predating America’s famed races and even the United [...]

Credits: “Santa Croce + Calcio Storico”, Alexandra For pomp and pageantry, you’d be hard pressed to beat the Florentines. Back in 1530, as a demonstration of defiance after five months of siege, they staged a game of calico in livrea (football in costume) in full view of the Spanish armies. Now, almost five hundred years [...]

  Credits: “Vegetarians, please don’t look”, McPig If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the quintessential experiences of the region. Your first sip of Chianti, your first glance at Florence’s glorious ice cream coloured Duomo, waking up at one of the holiday apartments [...]

Credits: “Val d’Orcia”, Pug Girl Close your eyes and imagine a quintessential Tuscan landscape, gleaned perhaps from Renaissance paintings or films such as Gladiator or Stealing Beauty. Skies wide and blue, rolling hills punctuated with vines and olive groves, tree-lined drives and swaying fields of grain. Small hilltop villages, where time ticks away unmarked until [...]

You will never be short on ideas of what to do in Tuscany, but one of the most fascinating things to do in this beautiful Italian region is discover more about incredible Etruscan history. There are many different towns and historical sites to visit all over Tuscany, but one of the most important Etruscan sites [...]

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Our charming holiday relais near Volterra, which is also within easy reach of Florence, Siena and many other beautiful villages in Tuscany, is in fact located in the quaint little hamlet of Borgo di Sensano. Surrounded by woods and olive groves, nestled in the stunning Chianti countryside, you will find yourself right in the heart [...]

The Tuscan town of Volterra is well-known for being one of the best places in the region to discover more about the Etruscans and their heritage. Attention has been drawn to this little town due to the many Etruscan artefacts that have been discovered in the area surrounding Volterra, which was formerly known as Velathin. [...]

Italy and delicious wine go hand in hand. Home to some of the most famous varieties in the world, Italy is the place to visit if you want to sample some incredible wine. The area of Tuscany is particularly suited for a wine themed visit to Italy, as it is home to some well-known Tuscan [...]

Fancy stepping back in time on your next visit to Tuscany? And when we say back in time, we mean really far back! The historical period in question is that of the Etruscans. It has been claimed that this ancient civilisation came from Asia Minor, and were inhabitants in Italy from approximately 700 BC until [...]

Il Palio di Siena, often referred to simply as Il Palio, is one of the most famous horse events in Italy, if not the world. This horse race takes place twice yearly in the Tuscan city of Siena, around the central Piazza del Campo. But the Palio is not just an exciting horse race; it’s [...]

Fancy taking a step back in time to discover how people lived in medieval Italy? Well, you can! In the beautiful Tuscan hilltop town of Volterra, Italy, you can visit a traditional medieval fair. The Volterra fair (or Volterra AD 1398 festival) has been taking place for 8 years and is a great day out [...]

It’s easy to forget the hustle and bustle of city life as you kick back and relax at the charming Villa Sensano. Yet just over an hour away from our villa, you’ll find fabulous Florence. This historically and culturally significant Tuscan city is definitely worth a visit, especially since there are due to be a [...]