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 17th April until 6th November 2022:
daily from 09:00 a.m. until 07:00 p.m.
From 7th November 2022:
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 04:30 p.m.
|Reduced (Boys 6-12, over 60, Coop and TCI):||6,00€|
|Adult groups (min 10 pax):||6,00€|
|Guided tour supplement:||2,00€|
Volterra Card rates
|Reduced (university students with ID, boys 6-18, over 65, Coop members, FAI, TCI and groups of adults min 6 pax):||12,00€|
|Student groups (school students outside the municipal area - min 10 pax):||6,00€|
|Groups (min 10 pax)||10,00€|
Volterra Card Family rates
|Special for children (6-18 years) accompanied by 1-2 adults up to a maximum of 5 people:||25,00€|
|Children 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|