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Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Volterra, Italy

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Worth the admission price – free

The Volterra Baptistery is a small two story religious octagonal shaped building with green and white striped tiles on the front side of the building (the only side with marble... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Bytom, Poland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

As of May 2015 there is an admission free modern art exhibition in the baptistery. There is a video projector showing some visions on the ceiling, but other than that the place is unlit, so you are unable to admire the baptistery itself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Peace, is how you feel at yourself once sat within. I felt a sense of calm and love from this building, its beautiful yet elegant with a wonderful energy, take a moment to reflect on loved ones and those around you.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Volterra Baptistery is a small two story religious octagonal shaped building with green and white striped tiles on the front side of the building (the only side with marble). The Baptistery was built in the 13th century and is used for Christian baptisms. This type of striped marble architecture is common in Tuscany and is beautiful. The structure is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We visited this on a Saturday while the square in which the Baptistery is located was full of market stalls. Having found the building's entrance we were disappointed that the interior was decorated with a hotch potch of styles. Not a patch on the magnificent Battisteria in Parma!

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A free entrance makes popping into this beautiful place a must. There is a projection onto the ceiling and gorgeous light. It is just one room but has a magnificent atmosphere and allows a few moments to rest and think.

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Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Just because you're around you should also visit it. Nothing impressive like in other cities bit still worth to get in...

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The paintings on the Dome itself are truly amazing. When we were at the top of the Dome one of the guides sang (chanted) a short recital the acoustics were simply breathtaking. This equals it's o so famous neighbour the tower!

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

If you’ve been to Florence, this is a baptistery on a more human scale with a more spartan decoration but with a delightfully carved baptismal font. Worth a visit, as is the remainder of Volterra. A great place to wander around.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Not as impressive as Pisa....obviously. However, worth having a look during a stroll around the town.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Some of the reviews are for other baptistries in Pisa and others. This is of the one in Volterra, the vampire capital. It is a 13th century Baptistry done in green and white marble. The baptismal font is by Vacca in 1790. The inlaid mosaics are excellent.

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Address: Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Volterra, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Pisa  >  Volterra

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