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Cathedral of Volterra (Duomo)

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Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Volterra, Italy
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Impressive given size of the town

An impressive Duomo given the size of the town. It was nice and cool inside when we visited. Fantastic ceiling.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is our second visit to Volterra, staying in a wonderful B&B steps outside the main hilltop town. We love churches, cathedrals, Duomo's and this is another wonderful one. To think it was consecrated in 1120 is mind bogling to me!! Touched by the wooden Madonna and with Jesus at the Deposition. The yearly Medieval Festival was being held, part... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

An impressive Duomo given the size of the town. It was nice and cool inside when we visited. Fantastic ceiling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Stunning, a lot of medieval art and artifacts. It took us about an hour to go through the Cathedral. Don't forget to cover your shoulders. They will provide something for you but it's disrespectful to visit Italian cathedrals with your shoulders exposed.

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Utica, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Volterra is a hill town know for its winding hilly streets and the alabaster. The Duomo is in a beautiful, quiet little piazza and, unlike the churches in the larger cities, it is still a church, not a museum. Quiet, peaceful, prayerful. The wooden altar group is a must. But do take in the Duomo itself -- it gives you... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We have visited a lot of churches, especially due to my penchant for Gothic architecture. What we both enjoyed so much about this church was that it felt lived in and enjoyed. Every sign welcome visitors as guests into the congregation which was engaging versus the tourist site feel. There were no tour groups and there were maybe a dozen... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Small but nicely laid out, located centrally in a small yet quaint piazza. Definitely worth it, and they are restoring it further

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The cathedral is dark, but specific paintings are well illuminated, and the wooden altar group is not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

We visited Volterra on a recommendation of a friend. As far as the village is concerned perched high on a hill, we believe we have seen better. However, we visited the Duamo and were blown away. The Cathedral was very impressive. There were no crowds and you could spend time taking in the ornate ceiling and crisp frescos that ring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Dedicated to the holy Mary, built in the 12th century, it is a great blend of medieval and Renaissance style - a feel of eternity and peacefulness !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

the cathedral looks as if it was not finished, as the front is not covered by marble, the inside is very modest

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