We want to stop in Volterra on our way to San Gimingnano to spend the night. I'm nervous about leaving our luggage in the car in a parking lot while we're exploring the town. Rick usually has information about baggage storage availability for each town in his book, but I can't seem to find anything for Volterra. Has anyone had any experience with this?
There's a similar thread here, in case you don't get a response:
Since you have a car, you're better equipped than anyone coming by public transport. There is no bus or train station in Volterra, just a bus stop. Pack and cover items in your trunk before you get there, so that you don't have to open and mess with it in the parking area. Anything that's really valuable should stay with you as you explore.
And "anything valuable" would include your passport, credit cards, and ATM/debit card. Keep those on your person, preferably in a money belt or neck wallet.
Personally, I wouldn't worry about it (having been there just today). Park in the main parking structure (P1) and you will be fine. Your car will be immersed in a sea of cars packed together like sardines. No one will care about what is in your car - cars are parked so close together, you may not even be able to get back in! (just kidding). Really, if you keep everything you can in the trunk you should be fine. People are coming there to sightsee and walk around, not to steal out of cars in the parking lot.
To tell you the truth, we found exploring the byways and small highways in and around the area much more satisfying than Volterra itself, which resembles a pretty well-run "separate the tourists from their money" operation.
Arrive early - even though everything is closed, its much more peaceful. By 11:00 the parking lot was full (someone got lucky as we pulled out of our prime spot we got at 8am), the place was overrun with tourists, the streets packed and the air thick with cigarette smoke...