Looking up: towers, battlements and logge
Let the creative, majestic
and strong architecture of our ancient “palazzi”
amaze and captivate you
The fact that the Valdicecina hosted so many people in different times allowed the area to be historically layered. In every epoch, symbolising a different layer, new architecturally characteristic and important buildings were built.
Unfortunately, the only buildings that have withstood the passing of time and that are architecturally relevant are the Middle Ages ones. For instance, there are still many “case torri”, tower houses, in Volterra and the whole area. The most famous ones are the Porcellino Tower and the Toscano Tower in Volterra, the compound of the Buomparenti Towers, also in Volterra, the Belforti Tower in Montecatini Val di Cecina and the several tower houses in Pomarance.
However, the undoubtedly most important and significant building is the Palazzo dei Priori in Volterra. The fact that it was built between 1208 and 1257 makes it the oldest “palazzo” with political significance.
The structure is still the seat of the town hall and it also looks very similar to the original “palazzo”. Many artworks are kept here: frescos, sculptures and paintings proving the authority position that the municipality of Volterra has held since the Middle Ages.
Other smaller towns have impressive town halls too, but they don’t compare to the grandeur of the one in Volterra.