The Piazza dei Priori
At the center of Volterra, in the center of Tuscany, relive the medieval grandeur of Italian history and art
The ancient square stands on a plateau which, well before the year 1000, hosted fairs and markets. There arose the first civil institutions of the ancient Commune and, with the growth of power and wealth of the medieval city, the most important civilian buildings were built, above all that of the Priors which today gives its name to the square.
Looking around, one can admire the Palazzo Pretorio and the Torre del Porcellino (one of the oldest in the city), the Palazzo Vescovile – formerly the grain store – Palazzo Incontri, today the headquarters of the Saver Savings Bank of Volterra and Palazzo del Monte Pio , built starting from a set of tower houses and structures from 1200, clearly visible in the back of the building, in the adjacent vicolo Mazzoni.