Volterra Views

Luke Griffin

Joined November 2010

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Volterra , known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri, to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town and comune in the Tuscany region of Italy.

The town was a Neolithic settlement and an important Etruscan center (Velathri or Felathri) with an original civilization; it became a municipium in the Roman Age. The city was a bishop’s residence in the 5th century and its episcopal power was affirmed during the 12th century. With the decline of the episcopate, Volterra became a place of interest of the Florentines, whose forces conquered Volterra. Florentine rule was not always popular, and opposition occasionally broke into rebellion. These rebellions were defeated by Florence.

When the Florentine Republic fell in 1530, Volterra came under the control of the Medici family and later followed the history of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Volterra has also had a recent claim to fame in the recent hit series “Twilight”. Tributes to “Edward”, the main character in the series were scrawled in all sorts of places in the back alleyways.

Photograph taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ-28
HDR created from one image exposures adjusted in PS, tone mapped in photomatix and final processing in PS.

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