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Palazzo dei Priori

Piazza dei Priori, Volterra, Italy
0588/87257
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles
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36 reviews 36 reviews
35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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99 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Ascot
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66 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

3.50 euro per adult entrance to a central building in the town with considerable history. The guides will let you up different stages of the building and there is some modern art on display as well. Nice views out from the various window ledges and the bell tower is worth the short extra climb. Could definitely do with some more... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We were married in this, the oldest town hall in Tuscany, in June 2012. Hopefully the pictures speak for themselves :o) we were both so happy with the ceremony, officiant and the whole ease of planning the wedding.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

I really like Volterra - beautiful town up in the hills with amazing views all around. I especially loved walking around the Palazzo dei Priori and surrounding area at night time. It was so quiet...and medieval! It was one of my favorite moments while visiting Italy. Volterra has an amazing personality; it's hard to describe. But whatever "it" is, I... More

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