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Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Volterra, Italy
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Amazing how they build these strucutres

Built so long ago and still standing. Great to go in and sit quietly to admire this beautiful piece of architecture

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 6, 2015
Victoria Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Built so long ago and still standing. Great to go in and sit quietly to admire this beautiful piece of architecture

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

If you are in Volterra stop in for a quick visit. It is rather lovely inside and seems larger inside than it does from the outside. Entry is free.

Thank ChanaJane3
White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Really interesting and important site. We were fortunate to have a guide who explained the great significance of the baptistery and how it fit into the history of the time. Would not have enjoyed it as much without the valuable information!

Thank Justatravellerbc
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

It looks fascinating from the outside, but inside it is dark and a bit of a mess. The baptismal font looks interesting, but this is one attraction you need not bother with.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Near the Duomo, this strangely shaped building with free admission aroused my curiousity but was so dark within that i quickly came out to gaze upon its external octagonal shape!

Thank gammo
Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

One could be lucky to visit the Baptistery at the time with the temporary exhibition. Then you will see how nicely could the arts of the past be up-to-date nowadays

Thank Max120368
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I think that I spent all of 5 minutes in the Baptistry; 4 of these were my eyes adjusting to the all but total darkness. Lots of atmospheric music playing and a few people sitting around looking as if they were desperately trying to sense a moment of epiphany (either that or they were escaping the sun). Not a lot... More 

Thank Ocelotpie
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.

Thank MarcosTraveler
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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.

Thank Danny B
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 

Thank rockyjoe

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