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  • 1 Piazza dei Priori Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza dei Priori I - 56048 Volterra

    At the heart of the town, sober and austere palaces surround this square; inset with twin bays, the Palazzo Pretorio stands alongside a massive crenellated tower, which earned its nickname of Torre del Porcellino (piglet tower) on account of the wild..

  • 2 Duomo (Cathedral) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza San-Giovanni I - 56048 Volterra

    In the Pisan Romanesque style, the cathedral has three naves with monolithic columns and a coffered ceiling depicting heaven and the Saints of Volterra. The Chapel of the Addolorata has a fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli, the Journey of the Magi, which serv..

  • 3 Porta all' Arco (The Arch Gate) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Porta-All'Arco I - 56048 Volterra

    This Etruscan arch dates from the 4C BC and is made from huge quadrangular blocks. It has become one of the symbols of Volterra.

  • 4 Pinacoteca (Art gallery) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Via dei Sarti 1 I - 56048 Volterra

    Here there are interesting works of sacred art by Tuscan maestros such as Tattoo di Barolo, Luca Signor Elli, Dominica Ghirlandaio and Benvenuto di Giovanni. The highlight? Definitely the dramatic Descent from the Cross de Croix by Rosso (1495-1540).

  • 5 Museo etrusco Guarnacci Interesting

    Museums and art

    Via Don-Minzoni 15 I - 56048 Volterra

    Monsignor Mario Guarnacci offered this very rich collection of Etruscan archaeological finds to the town. It shows in a chronological way objects coming from the Villanovan period (8C. BC) to the Hellenistic period (4C to the 1C), a phase of creativi..

  • 6 Battistero (Baptistry)

    Religious buildings

    Piazza San-Giovanni I - 56048 Volterra

    Built in 1283, it has an octagonal plan. The doorway is marble, the same as one of the sides which is decorated in bands of white and green marble.

  • 7 Palazzo Vitti

    Museums and art

    Via dei Sarti 41 I - 56048 Volterra

    A must for cinema lovers: here in this palace in 1964 Lucchino Visconti shot some sequences for Sandra... The palace belonged to the Vitti family, the owners of a marble, stone and alabaster factory which was the most renowned in Volterra. One of the..

  • 8 Piazza San Michele (St Michael's Square)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzeta San-Michele I - 56048 Volterra

    The Romanesque church of San Michele has its facade on the square and it has a single tower. In the sanctuary is a terracotta by Giovanni Della Robbia depicting a Virgin and Child.

  • 9 Viale dei Ponti

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Viale dei Ponti I - 56048 Volterra

    This is a promenade which, from the Porta all'Arco, has superb views over the metal-bearing hills. Above stands the massive fortezza Medicea, an old fortress from the 13C and 14C, comprising a keep and four angle towers. Today it has been converted i..

  • 10 Via dei Sarti

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via dei Sarti I - 56048 Volterra

    Noble palaces including the Minucci-Solaini palace attributed to Antonio Da Sangallo that today contains the art gallery, and the Vitti palace, whose superb Renaissance facade was designed by Ammannati, flank this curving street.

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