PALAZZO DEI PRIORI

   

A beautiful and majestic town hall

Palazzo dei Priori:
the heart of Volterra’s political life and a majestic example of the old city’s power.

The construction of the Palazzo dei Priori, previously called “del Popolo” and now also “Municipio” (“town hall”), started around 1208 and was finished in the mid-13th-century. The facade has been renovated many times. For instance in 1472, when Volterra lost its municipal freedom, the lodge was knocked down and the two doors on the right hand-side were closed.

The “palazzo” is decorated with stunning terracottas, coats of arms hung up in remembrance of the “commissari” that ruled the city, and lions put on top of the side pillars as a symbol of Florence’s domain. In between the windows on the ground floor, engraved in tuff, is Volterra’s unit of measurement, the “Canna Volterrana”.
Looking up towards the upper floors, one can admire the beautiful Gothic windows and the clock, which dates back to 1393.

OPENING HOURS AND TICKETS

Opening times Priori Palace

From 11th March until 5th November 2024
daily from 09:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.
N.B.: for the holidays of April 9-10 (Easter and Easter Monday), April 25, May 1, June 2 and August 15 regular opening at the same time: from 09:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.

Tickets

Full: 10,00€
Reduced (youth 6-12, over 60, Coop and TCI): 8,00€
Adult groups (min 10 pax): 6,00€
Guided tour supplement: 2,00€

 

Volterra Card rates

From 11th March until 5th November 2024

(valid for 72 hours)
Etruscan Museum Guarnacci, Art Gallery, Ecomuseum of Alabaster, Priori Palace, Etruscan Acropolis and Roman Cistern and Roman Theatre

Full: 20,00€
Reduced (university students with ID, youth 6-18, over 65, Coop members, FAI, TCI and groups of adults min 6 pax): 15,00€
Student groups (school students outside the municipal area - min 10 pax): 6,00€
Groups (min 10 pax) 10,00€
Volterra Card Family  
Special for youth (6-18 years) accompanied by 1-2 adults up to a maximum of 5 people: 30,00€
Youth up to 6 years old, residents of the Municipality of Volterra, disabled and carers, teachers and companions of school groups, licensed tour guides, journalists, ICOM members FREE
Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera S.c.r.l.
Piazza dei Priori 19/20 - 56048 Volterra (PI) - PIVA 01308340502
Operation/Project allocated within the framework of the POR FESR Tuscany 2014-2020