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Imposing castles

Dominating the skyline of the city, this imposing medieval fortress consists of two castles. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Borzov
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Rijeka, Croatia
Imposing Fortress.

The imposing Medici Fortress is visible from miles away and characterises the skyline of Volterra... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
Paul B
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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“Imposing castles”
5 Sep 2018
“Imposing Fortress.”
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Dominating the skyline of the city, this imposing medieval fortress consists of two castles. The older one was completed in the late 13th century and the second castle was built in the 14th century. It is not open to public, but you can admire its...More

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Reviewed September 5, 2018

The imposing Medici Fortress is visible from miles away and characterises the skyline of Volterra. The Fortress was built in the 15th century primarily to keep the city under tight control and to prevent revolts against the Fiorentines. The most Eastern part of the fortress,...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2018

This is a very impressive structure and it's incredible to think that one family had the wherewithal to build it! The scale is very impressive as is the architectural and engineering aspects of the fortress. Too bad part of it was turned into a prison...More

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Reviewed February 7, 2018

This is a stand out building in Volterra. Great views from the South end of town and from the bell tower in the piazza. This is still a modern day prison. We saw on 60 minutes, TV show, they now host about 8 dinners once...More

Thank GRS-SJS
Reviewed December 9, 2017

Its a beautiful palace which has been turned into a State Jail. We were told that only the tower is accessible to the public on specific days. We could not get more details. Worth walking around it and checking it out

Thank Supriya B
Reviewed May 10, 2017

View from the fortress is worth the walk up the hill. The inner courtyard is filled with olive trees, wisteria clings to the rock walls, and from the top of the fortress and can see for miles in every direction, across the Tuscan hills and...More

Thank soosihongkong
Reviewed March 14, 2017

A beautiful old fortress from the outside that dominates the whole end of Volterra. Don't try to enter though because it may be 3-5 years before you get out. The fortress is now a state prison which is kind of disappointing because I would have...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed October 1, 2016

Still in use as a prison so you cannot get close to even the exterior walls best seen from the south side or an aerial view on a postcard.

Thank wah131
Reviewed August 25, 2016

We had thought to visit the fortress long with the Roman theatre and the Etruscan site. However, the ticket seller inside the archeological park soon put us right - the fortress is now a prison! Very impressive to drive by, the walls probably look even...More

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Reviewed May 22, 2016

The Medici Fortress has walls which can be climbed and is a quite place away from the hub bub of the town

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