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Le Cantine di Palazzo Viti

History of the Restaurant

The restaurant Le Cantine di Palazzo Viti first established in 2001 has been run by Massimo Passarelli and Carla Lorenzini since 2005 where attention to detail is combined with a careful choice of high quality products for the creation of authentic, appetizing dishes.
With expertise and experience, the restaurant offers locally sourced, high quality ingredients and products such as wines produced in Volterra and the Cecina Valley, Cinta Senese salami, traditionally made Tuscan hams, the highest quality soft ripened and mature Pecorino cheeses and homemade confettura, marmellata and mostarda (jams and conserves) condiments to grace the cheese plate.

The restaurant is situated in the centre of town just 50 metres from the Piazza dei Priori and located in the spacious cellars of the magnificent historical residence of Palazzo Viti.

Entering the restaurant from Via dei Sarti you can walk through the 350 sq.metres to a 150 sq. metre terrace which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape and the Roman Theatre.

VOLTERRA - CHARM AND HISTORY

Volterra,a very well preserved Medieval hilltop town that boasts more than 3000 years of history, continues to safeguard its distinctive and authentic atmosphere enclosed, protected and fortified by the 13th century defensive walls.

The town, once an independent city-state during the Middle Ages, retains traces of its majestic past, its original Medieval urban layout and architectural features with the main square, the Piazza dei Priori, in the centre of town dominated by the authority of the Palazzo dei Priori (1208) which continues to maintain its original function as the City Hall domus comunis, the vigorous towers and the crux viarum,the religious square with the Cathedral and Bapistery both consecrated in 1120. The Baptistry with its 15th century dome attributed to Brunelleschi ceremoniously stands before the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (the Assumption Mary) complemented by its 44 metre high bell tower.

A haven of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, Volterra’s rich heritage can still be appreciated wandering through the narrow streets, visiting the archeological sites, the Etruscan Acropolis and Roman Theatre and exploring the local museums, the Etruscan Museum, the historical Art Gallery, the Alabaster Museum and the Museum of Sacred Art.

And yet Volterra’s charm not only lies in its historical patrimony but in the undefiled surrounding countryside, a slow traditional way of life and its age-old tradition of the art of alabaster carving.
This elusive stronghold requires careful and patient attention for it takes time to absorb its timeless atmosphere, treasured secrets, unique ambience and culture.