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Medici Fortress

56048, Volterra, Italy
+39 348 940 8824
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This Medici guy had lots of money

This is a very impressive structure and it's incredible to think that one family had the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
cmbtraveller
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Vancouver, Canada
Beautiful architecture

This is a stand out building in Volterra. Great views from the South end of town and from the bell... read more

Reviewed February 7, 2018
GRS-SJS
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Sebastopol, California
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3 weeks ago
“This Medici guy had lots of money”
7 Feb 2018
“Beautiful architecture”
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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56048, Volterra, Italy
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+39 348 940 8824
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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

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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

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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
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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.

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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

Thank rodneycs
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Reviewed May 13, 2016

This fortress is HUGE and beautifully built. The Medici were responsible for its construction. Converted into a prison in contemporary times, the main entrance has a sign warning against photography, presumably to retain the anonymity of the individuals coming and going.

1  Thank mjrg59
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Reviewed March 2, 2016

Unfortunately not too many people visit it. Essentially a military fort the structure and the architecture of the building is beautiful. Again, one of those places you go to, to be able to see how strongly the medicis controlled the region.

Thank Anwesha H
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