In our popular society world, the one written by Stephanie Meyer (author of the Twilight series), Volterra is the ancient city seat of the most powerful vampires. We were there only a few weeks before the Italian filming of the second movie, New Moon. So if anyone is planning on seeing this second movie of the series, look for the city symbols from my photographs.
The Volterra of reality is really ancient, it has the oldest city hall in Italy, the Palazzo Priori built in 1246. It also has one of the most impressive collections of Etruscan artifacts in its Etruscan Museum. As a ceramicist, the Etruscan pottery forms where incredibly impressive and inspirational. Gold jewelry and tiny carved animal figures in stone were so cool to see. It was like they could jump from the case. We spent half of our day in Volterra, travelling to another city for the evening.
City hall, under neath the clock tower is the setting for event in New Moon
Lantern on city hall
light is the most powerful force in our world
Cathedral interior, friends Sara and Sally
Tall man figure, thought to have been buried as a spike in the fields for fertility
Gold laurel wreath
Carved animal figures in stone
Etruscan gold jewelry
Old fortress from museum window, now is a fitting penitentiary
Always continuing the study, my friend Mary