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VOLTERRA - ROMAN THEATREUntil the fifties no one was aware of the existence of the Roman Theatre of Volterra, then the archaeological excavations directed by Enrico Fiumi brought it to light. Its construction dates back to the first century BC and was financed by the wealthy family of Volterra Caecina. Like the Greeks, the theater was partially excavated on the natural slope of the hill where were built the seats of core and lower areas that are still visible. The semicircle of the orchestra was originally covered with marble and we can also still see the Pulpitum and marble columns of the frons scenae. Towards the end of the third century A.D. the theater fell into disuse due to an earthquake and in the area of the stage was installed a thermal plant built with the materials of the theater. During the medieval period the highest part of the steps (summa cavea) was incorporated in the city walls.
The interior of the Roman Theatre can be visited every day from mid-March to November 1st and on Saturdays and Sundays the other times of the year. Access is from Piazza Caduti Martiri dei Lager Nazisti and the ticket (full price Euro 3,50) includes also the entrance to the Etruscan Acropolis.