||Through Gorges and Crags.
Nera- C. Cafaggiolo- Monte Nero- Ulignano-
Time needed. half a day
The area of Monte Nero, just a few kilometres
from Volterra is distinguished by the great mass of molten rock sculptured by the waters
of the Strolla into narrow valleys,deep gorges and picturesque water falls set amidst lush
To locate this panoramic area, park your car in the vicinity of the Scopicci villa. Walk
up the hill towards the villa turn left down the country lane and turn left again to a
path leading to the slopes of M.Nero and the beautiful water fall (known as the
Cascatelle) and into the gorge imbedded in pillow lavas. Cross over the river to the
Uliveto farm house. Follow the path on your right up to the Fonte del Latte ( the Milk
Font),it is believed that the source contains properties which encourage an abundunt milk
supply for breast feeding mothers. In the vicinity there are the ruins of the 11th century
church of St John the Baptist.
On the top of the Poggio di Casalone you can visit that which remains of the 10th century
castle Castello della Nera once subjected to the power struggles between the bishops and
the commune. Follow the path past the church , turn right, cross and walk up to the
Cafaggiolo farm house. Follow Proceed along the north eastern slopes of M.Nero until you
come to a small path on your right , cross an open field to the spectacular sight of the
rocky spur,known as the tooth of M.Nero which looks over the valley and
dominates an awe inspiring panoramic view.
At this point you can turn back and take the main road to the Ulignano Villa and the