Medici Fortress

Medici Fortress, Volterra: Address, Phone Number, Medici Fortress Reviews: 3.5/5

Medici Fortress
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,644 contributions
prison without visit
Jun 2021
the Medici Fortress today houses a prison and is fenced off for visits. so except the big walls from the outside, there is nothing to see.
Written 23 June 2021
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,251 contributions
Nice castle
Aug 2019 • Family
Medici Fortress is a castle located in Volterra, a medieval city in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. It is a beautiful fortress, which you can see from Parco Archeologico Enrico Fiumi. We did not enter to the fortress, but we can see views from it. Nice.
(See also Parco Archeologico Enrico Fiumi)
Written 12 May 2020
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A A
991 contributions
Like a bird
Aug 2019 • Couples
We just walked around and enjoy the shadows and narrow street. You can see the city from a different perspective. Also not so crowded..
Written 12 August 2019
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Perry G
Blairgowrie, UK264 contributions
very big castle but.......
Jun 2019 • Friends
I am sure that this would be a very impressive castle but you cannot enter it as it is a prison. You cannot go near it either because of the security fences. Best place for a photo is from the park next to it.
Written 30 July 2019
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia4,387 contributions
Imposing castles
Sep 2018 • Friends
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 magnificent exterior from the park beneath it.
Written 6 October 2018
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,172 contributions
Imposing Fortress.
Aug 2018 • Couples
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, the Cassero Castle, already extisted.
The two fortresses are linked by a stone “curtain wall”. The fortress is used currently as a maximum security prison and tourist visits to the interior are restricted to a few days and a small portion of the buildings.
A notable exception is that part used as a restaurant operated by appropriately supervised prisoners.
Written 5 September 2018
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cmbtraveller
Canada501 contributions
This Medici guy had lots of money
Jun 2018 • Couples
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 as it would have been interesting to view the entire fortress. As it is most of the structure is only viewable from the outside.
Written 26 June 2018
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GRS-SJS
Sebastopol, CA1,284 contributions
Beautiful architecture
Oct 2017 • Couples
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 a year for locals cooked and served by the inmates.
Written 7 February 2018
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supriyabh
Pisa, Italy55 contributions
Can only view it from outside most days
Dec 2017 • Couples
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
Written 9 December 2017
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soosihongkong
Shelton, WA166 contributions
A Great Viewpoint
Apr 2017 • Family
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 valleys. Be prepared to climb stone stairs.
Written 11 May 2017
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