Important paintings and art collections

The origins of the Volterra Art Gallery date back to 1842 when Luigi Fedra Inghirami, who worked in the cathedral, began to collect works of art from various disused churches and monasteries of the city. He gathered the work in the chapel of San Carlo which adjoins the cathedral.

In 1905, following a proposal by Corrado Ricci, a municipal art gallery was arranged on the second floor of the Palazzo dei Priori. The more significant works of art from the chapel of San Carlo were exhibited along with other pieces belonging to the city council and to various other institutions of Volterra.
Since 1982 the Art Gallery or Pinacoteca is housed in the Palazzo Minucci-Solaini, a splendid example of late 15th century architecture traditionally attributed to Antonio San Gallo the Elder.
Today the Art Gallery, which represents the most important section of the collection, is complemented by the Municipal Museum.

The scope of the latter is to conserve and exhibit important works of art belonging to institutions which are no longer able to provide adequate care. The Deposition by Rosso Fiorentino is the most significant work from the collection. Other important works in the collection are paintings by Taddeo di Bartolo, Alvaro Pirez and Cenni di Francesco, the Pietà by Francesco Neri of Volterra, a predella of the story of the Virgin by Benvenuto di Giovanni, two wooden sculptures by Francesco di Valdambrino, an altar piece of Christ in Glory by Domenico Ghirlandaio and the Holy Conversation and the Annunciation by Luca Signorelli from Cortona. There is also a noteworthy collection of medieval sculpture and ceramics, of medals (especially the Medici collection) and of coins.
The Art Gallery organizes conferences, seminars and temporary exhibitions in collaboration with other institutions, with particular attention to the city’s cultural heritage. Didactic activity aimed in particular at schools, offers guided tours of the museum for students at every level.

Art Gallery and Civic Museum


Via dei Sarti, 1

56048 – Volterra (PI)

tel. +39 0588 87580
Open daily except 01.01 and 25.12

From 14th March to 1st November daily open:
daily from 09:00 a.m. until 07:00 p.m.
From 2nd November to 24th December:
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 04:30 p.m.
At Christmas: closed

From 26th to 31st December:
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 06:00 p.m.
From 9th January until 13rd March:
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 04:30 p.m.

Tel: +39 0588 86347
8.00 € full
6,00 € reduced (Boys 6-12, over 60, Coop and TCI)
6,00 € Adult groups (min 15 pax)
Volterra Card rates (valid for 72 hours)
Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, Pinacoteca, Alabaster Ecomuseum, Palazzo dei Priori, Acropolis and Roman Theater

16,00 € full
€ 24.00 Family (2 adults with children)
€ 13.00 reduced (university students with ID, boys 6-18, over 65, Coop members, FAI, TCI and groups of adults min 6 pax)
€ 6.00 Student groups (school students outside the municipal area – min 10 pax)
free for: children up to 6 years old, residents of the Municipality of Volterra, disabled and carers, teachers and companions of school groups, licensed tour guides, journalists, ICOM members

Museum Guide

Art Gallery and Civic Museum Guide

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Introduction to the Museums of the Cecina Valley

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Archaeological Heritage

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