Shore Excursion Details

Volterra & Tuscan Sheep Farming

Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

Volterra & Tuscan Sheep Farming


  • 6
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Meal

Settle in for a spectacularly scenic drive into the Tuscan countryside to visit the ancient walled city of Volterra and a sheep farm that still practices traditional methods. Perched above the desolate surrounding terrain, Volterra appears timeless, one of the reasons it was chosen as the setting for parts of the vampire-themed “Twilight” books. While meandering the atmospheric streets and plazas, you will view highlights such as Tuscany’s oldest town hall and the Piazza dei Priori, a medieval square lined with grand palaces. Nearby, you will enjoy an insider’s tour of a sheep farm and a demonstration of how the animals are milked. Much of their milk is used to make Pecorino Balze Volterrane, a Protected Designation of Origin cheese. Although it can be eaten after just three weeks of aging, longer aging lends it a spicier flavor. You can expect to sample the cheese as well as other local delicacies.

• Settle in for a panoramic drive through the stunningly beautiful Tuscan countryside.
• See the sights in the medieval town of Volterra on an enlightening walking tour.
• Visit a sheep farm and sample some of its cheese along with other Italian delicacies.

• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking over both even and uneven surfaces, sandy and gravel terrain. The sights are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not available for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests wishing to enter religious sights must wear suitable attire. Knees and Shoulders must be covered.

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Excursion Type:

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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