One of the most beautiful private residence in Italy.

Viti Palace

Family memories and hidden treasures
Discover the magnificent residence and its secrets: a journey back in time to know the history of a family from Volterra and the place where they lived

Construction was begun at the end of the 16th century by Attilio Incontri, a Volterran nobleman. The facade, attributed to Bartolommeo Ammanati, is a rare and fine example of the style that marked a transition between Renaissance and Baroque architecture. In 1850 Giuseppe Viti, an alabaster trader, purchased the palace and carried out extensive restoration work.

Its twelve rooms open to the public are
beautifully furnished with furniture, paintings, porcelain, collections of alabaster and other artistic objects of considerable value, representatives of Italian, European and Eastern art from .1400 to 1900
Everything remained as it was seen, over the centuries, by the kings, the princes who were hosted here.

In 1964 Luchino Visconti chose the palace for
part of the shooting of “Vaghe Stelle dell’Orsa”
(film knows sas “Sandra”), featuring Jean Sorel
and Claudia Cardinale, which won the Venice
Festival’s Golden Lion.
(The palace is still the property of the Viti
family, who occupy part of it.)

The great traveler

Giuseppe Viti

GIUSEPPE VITI (1816-1860) was one of important characters of the19th century history of Volterra and he was an exponent of the particular and unique activity in Italy that local people called “the Alabaster Travellers’Movement” which permitted the city to reach a good economic level. Son of wealthy family of alabaster craftmen, he followed his father to the U.S.A at the age of only eight years, where he learnt English and “to do easy sums”, as he himself says in his written autobiography.

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