Fortezza Medicea


The 14th-century Fortezza Medicea, later altered by Lorenzo Il Magnifico, is nowadays a prison (admission: one felony), but the 'Nuova Fortezza' within the prison complex, a 15th-century square-shaped structure with its cylindrical tower, can be visited. Expect lots of stairs.

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1. Museo Etrusco Guarnacci

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The vast collection of artefacts exhibited here makes this one of Italy's most impressive Etruscan collections. Found locally, they include some 600…

2. Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Volterra

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Offering an innovative and particularly satisfying museum experience, this collection of sacred art is housed in the still-functioning Chiesa di San…

3. Palazzo Pretorio

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Forming one side of Volterra's central square, the Palazzo Pretorio was the seat of the local mayor. From it sprouts one of the town's oldest towers, the…

4. Palazzo dei Priori

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Volterra's 13th-century town hall is the oldest seat of local government in Tuscany. The staircase bears a fresco of the Crucifixion by Pier Francesco…

5. Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

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A handsome coffered ceiling is the standout feature of Volterra's duomo, which was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and remodelled in the 16th. The…

7. Pinacoteca Comunale

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8. Ecomuseo dell'Alabastro

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As befits a town that's hewn the precious material from nearby quarries since Etruscan times, Volterra is the proud possessor of an alabaster museum. It's…