There are many reasons to venture into the walls of Volterra, and equally as many reasons to take a trip outside the town. Recently some of us went outside the town through the woods to walk alongside the cliffs to a monastery near the town. On the way we had the pleasure of blazing a trail through a particularly overgrown part of the woods where I managed to catch a large thorn with my finger later. Once we made it all the way to the monastery we were greeted by the groundskeeper and his sweet dog. We saw the remains of a church where the apse and walls stand but the roof has been lost and the floor has been overgrown with grass. We spent some time in the cloister and saw some beautifully preserved frescoes inside the structure.
After seeing the monastery we went down the hill a bit to a sculpture park behind the building. It was great to see contemporary art in in Volterra, especially after seeing such beautiful classical frescoes. The sculpture park was located in an orchard on top of the hill; and had many provocative and interesting pieces of work. While walking through it as the sun set another example of the deep-seated culture in Volterra made itself apparent to me.