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Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Volterra, Italy

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This Baptistery is very interesting - both from outside and inside. The octogonal shape is unique - and I enjoyed my time inside.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Phil G
Kitchener, Canada

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunningly beautiful to view close up, this impressive architectural building amazed us at how clever the individuals were whom constructed the Baptistery all those centuries ago Carvings adorn the exterior and decorative stained glass windows, pulpit and view from the upper gallery are breathtakingly beautiful. Well worth the admission fee

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Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Baptistery is very interesting - both from outside and inside. The octogonal shape is unique - and I enjoyed my time inside.

Thank Phil G
Lodz, Poland
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like old churches and baptisery. For those who like it is worth seeing. octagonal shape, interesting inside. Free entrance.

Thank Agnieszka T
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Stunning octagonal baptistery, which from the outside, makes the Cathedral across the road look drab. There seems to be no definitive time frame for its construction, but all agree the portal is 13th century. The green/black and white marble stripes on the facade are striking, as is the beautiful portal. The dome was added in the 15th century under Brunelleschi's... More 

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Forney, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

We did not go inside the Baptistery but did enjoy visiting the square/Piazza in Volterra. This walled city was much smaller than I thought it would be but was still worth stopping for a day visit. We only spent a couple of hours here before continuing our drive through Tuscany. Most definitely worth a detour to visit the Baptistery in... More 

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Victoria Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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!

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 587 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 223 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

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