The “Piggy” Tower
One of the tallest towers of Volterra
The tower is located in the Piazza dei Priori right in front of the Priori Palace. It was already standing in the 12th century and homed the mayor (“podestà”) of the municipality of Volterra at the beginning of the 13th century. It’s one of the tallest towers in Volterra, and it’s entirely made up of stone. There are no entrances on the ground floor, as the only entrance is on the first floor.
The window on the fourth floor was to open up on a wooden balcony. Almost at the top of the tower is a little platform holding a statue of a pig or a boar, which is what gives the name to the tower.