The Porcellino’s Tower
One of the highest in Volterra
The tower, in Piazza dei Priori right in front of the Priori Palace, which must already have existed in the second half of the 12th century, was one of the first residences of the podestà of the municipality of Volterra, in the first decades of the 1200s. The tower is one of the taller than Volterra, it is made entirely of stone and the main façade, the only one visible, has no entrances on the ground floor, access had to be done for an opening of the first floor. The narrow, high window on the fourth floor was to give access to a wooden balcony resting on this wall. Almost behind the roof of the tower is a shelf that supports a statue that seems to represent a pig or a wild boar, from which the tower takes its name.