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Palazzo dei Priori

Piazza dei Priori, Volterra, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We got married at the fabulous Palazzo dei Priori on 4 July 2014. It all started with me falling in love with a picture of the ceremony room online - further research only paved the way to more perfection and from there it was a short step to convincing my fiancé and family that an Italian wedding was the way... More

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We were just driving around Tuscany when we happened upon Volterra--a gem hidden in the hills of Tuscany. The medieval town is easy to walk around and meanders through side streets filled with shops of all types. We throughly enjoyed our brief stay in the town and also discovered a state prison near one of the entrances. When I walked... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This medieval building is the earliest surviving Town Hall in Tuscany is has an unusual 5 sides tower and great views from the top floor. he Council room was redecorated by the Florentines when they sacked and occupied the city in the renaissance. The exterior and foyer have plaques of the coat of arms of the various Florentine overlords

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35 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

My little family stumbled upon this fun experience. It was fun to see the actual town hall that is still used today and then to get to climb to the top of the tower to were the actual bell is was the icing on the cake! The tickets were 3,50 euro per adult, kids were free. The kids enjoyed seeing... More

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North Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

For a couple of euros we saw some historical exhibition rooms and climbed the tower, from which there were some fantastic views over the town and the surrounds, made better by the sunny weather at the time. Thoroughly recommend the climb - quite easy provided you have reasonable mobility.

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London, United Kingdom
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101 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This building is a piece of living history. The stones from which it is built have witnessed centuries of civic life, military conflict, celebrations in the piazza, as generations have lived and died in its shadow. Just a glance at the shields and heraldry displayed on its walls both inside and out is testament to the many families who have... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Volterra is a pearl. Walking across Piazza dei Priori is really suggestive. But if you have the chance to go on the top of the Priori Palace, you will enjoy a terrific view not only of Volterra, but of Tuscany. We had to wait 20 minutes during the Red Night (a local event organized each year in September, where all... More

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Palazzo dei Priori has a small exhibition, consisting of a couple of council rooms, a floor given to artifacts related to the history of the town (including a couple of nice models), and access to the bell tower, with not sweeping but still pretty good vistas over the town and countryside. If you have enough time to spend in Volterra,... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Going here you get a real sense of the city government style of the Middle Ages. The council rooms have beautiful frescoes on the ceilings and walls. We got to see a special contempory art exhibit on the second floor. Love that it was not crammed with visitors. We paid extra for the climb up to the top -- worth... More

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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stumbled across a mediaeval festival in the Piazza outside the Palace. Lots of flag waving and drums: and some very impressive cross-bow skills. They could hit the bulls-eye of the smallest target across the full length of the Piazza.

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