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Castello dei Vicari

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Address: Via del Castello,1, 56035, Casciana Terme Lari, Italy
Phone Number: 390587687116
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Castello dei Vicari is situated on a hill that was inhabited from...

The Castello dei Vicari is situated on a hill that was inhabited from ancient times. The first document relating to its existence dates back to 1043 when a plot of land belonging to the Castle of Lari was sold for a sword. It was the site of the Pisan captaincy between the 12th and 14 th centuries, but came to prominence after it was captured by Florence in the 15th century and became the site of a Vicariate overseen by Florence. Despite the many alterations, modifications and overlaps that were made to the fortress, visitors can still see in its present aspect the many ways that it was used: as a fortress, prison, home of the Vicar with his "family" and court. To name only the most important ones, since the most observant and enquiring visitors will not miss the more ancient archaeological traces and the other less apparent aspects which are just as important and contribute to making the Castle of Lari a rare if not unique example of its kind in Tuscany and beyond. The museum route inside the Castello dei Vicari (the Castle of the Vicars) has a new layout creating a whole new visit in which technology is combined with an illustrated and educational system that takes you on a discovery of a fortress that was the centre of control in Medici Tuscany and home to a Florentine vicariate for over four centuries. The users take the lead and decide what they want to take a closer look at and how to interact with the numerous multimedia applications along the route through the use of multi-touch tablets, multimedia educational games, holographic figures in period costume and multiple projections. A story and a journey of discovery suited to even very young children thanks to the short films and dedicated applications.

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Nice exhibit in a castle

Since spring 2016 the little museum has some multimedia explanations which make it interesting even for children (if the are previously not affected by the Middle Ages and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
Rendsburg, Germany
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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Recommended to go to the hill to get a view over a piece of Tuscany (Pisa, Volterra, Chianti, Livorno, ... Romantic place at sunset.

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Rendsburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Since spring 2016 the little museum has some multimedia explanations which make it interesting even for children (if the are previously not affected by the Middle Ages and knights). We have spent more than one hour there and would have spent even more time outside the exhibit if we wouldn't have beendet a bit late. Take some time and study... More 

Thank Weareafamilyofthree
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We visit this little castello for a short trip on our journey throu tuscany. We expectet nothing and thought the castello was closed, so we walked around and suddenley a Woman opens a Window and asked if we want to join the excourse. So we said yes, and walked inside. We booked the Audio guide and we walked alone (with... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

After the obligatory pilgrimages to the obvious tourist traps in Tuscany it was amazing to find this little gem perched in the Tuscan Hills (about 30 mins from Pisa). It's a beautiful quaint town complete with its own castle. The views from the castle walls are amazing and if you want to tour the castle it is only €4 for... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Lira is a charming little town perched on a small hill in Tuscany. There is a castello at the very summit and the streets surrounding it all are quite charming. On the warm sunny day of my visit, there were older Italian men hanging out at their favorite café. I got to Lira from the port of Livorno by bicycle.... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I gave this a five-star rating not because of the tour (which I didn't even know you could take; the signage isn't great and the few people there were definitely not very interested in tourists). My rating is for the views you get from the top and the wonderful, "right out of central casting" little town complete with winding stone... More 

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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Visited the castle with my sister and we both had a good time! The entry fee is only €4 each, and you also get an e-tour that offers a variety of different languages. It's also interesting to know what life was like in the area before Tuscany became a state. The staff were friendly but lack of English but still... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We took a winding back road with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside to Lari with the purpose of visiting the castle. We were not disappointed. On a quiet, cold day the tour was perfect. The audio guide was at times a little too detailed, but we were given a good explanation of the use of the castle - especially... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you want to understand Tuscany visit the Castle of Lari! It's a superb construction recently well renewed with a 360° view over Toscany, the Arno valley, from Pisa to San Miniato, from the Sanctuary of Madonna di Montinero to Volterra (in same days you can see even Corsica, the sister nation of Toscany!). In the rooms frescos, Etruscan archaeological... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Was directed to this town after a visit to Volterra. When arriving found the town a normal rural village with a castle in the middle on the top of the hill. While touring the castel which has a small museum in it I walked into the filming of a period movie only to have 'BASTA' yelled at me for I... More 

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