Volterra AD 1398
We park the car at P3, and the moment we enter the city walls, we realize we are not in Volterra on any Sunday. It looks like a journey through time. We meet noblewomen, knights, and musicians. We are in a medieval re-enactment.
Well, we will add this unexpected event to our program. We line up to get our entry ticket.
The ticket for the VOLTERRA AD 1398 event costs 10 euros and gives the right to see all the facts and some price reductions on the cost of admission to other city museums.
We wear a beautiful paper bracelet, and we are ready to participate in all the events of the day.
We immediately head to Piazza Dei Priori, where drum shots and party cries are heard. We hasten to lose nothing.
Flag-wavers, musicians, and jesters
The event opens with the flag-wavers show. Magnificent in their scarlet robes!
The historic center is full of beautiful banquets where you can discover things of other times: how salt was processed, an ancient product of the area. And then sculpture, wood, clay and iron laboratories. Later scenes of everyday life: the field hospital, all kinds of camps, a children’s play area, with rides and wooden horses. The city has completely transformed, and all the Volterranos are dressed in a theme.
Even in restaurants, waiters and managers wear clothes from an era that still fascinates us so much today. To buy all the products, it is necessary to have the coin in progress in 1398. It is therefore required to switch from one of the many “Uffizi di Cambio” scattered throughout the city.
EXCHANGE OFFICE: How much is a Euro worth in 1398?
One euro gives a right to a copper coin called “grosso.” While 5 euros, they provide the right to a “5 big” gold medal. Everything is purchased through the local currency, and it will be possible to change the euro currency by September, at the Tourist Office of the City of Volterra.
We see the procession of the executioner that leads the victim to the gallows, set up in Piazza del Priori. The parade of the Clergy always present in the scenes of the city, and then jesters and the musicians who play and sing live in every street in the town. We are an integral part of the festival, along with many foreign tourists, who watch and stop to taste the many local products that have made this territory great.
The city park is the camp. Here there are stalls and laboratories of all kinds. We eat and drink at the cost of some “big.”
The VOLTERRA 1398 event will also be held next Sunday – August 18th.
We take a short break for lunch, and at about 13 we are at the Torture Museum. One of the leading museums of the city of Volterra.
The Reenactment ticket purchased in the morning entitles us to a discount. We enter with a reduced card of 6 euros, and at the entrance, we find a slightly disturbing wolfman. The Museum is very well organized and is located in a building with exposed bricks and beams. Red velvet drapes are everywhere among the most famous cases and torture machines.
Why visit the Museum of Torture in Volterra?
Because it makes you think. Everyone should see the machines built only to inflict pain on others. It is a journey to discover human cruelty. It is a STATIC museum. There is nothing interactive it is an exhibition of tools and machines of death. There is the hangman’s kit, the chair of the inquisition, the suspended cages, the stretching bench, and the guillotine. Moving from sadistic crushes thumbs to the heretic’s fork and other torture tools that reveal the real dark side of man.