Built at the end of the 16th century by the Volterra nobleman Attilio Incontri, it was purchased in 1850 by the Viti family, thanks to the enormous economic fortune accumulated by the alabaster merchant Giuseppe Viti

He devoted his life to trade, travelling as a child first to the United States, then to South America and India. Here, the rich nabobs and maraja bought alabaster masterpieces, making the Volterra merchant extremely rich and giving him many objects.

In the 14 rooms, many ‘souvenirs’ of his commercial travels are on display: amber, ivory, Chinese and Indian miniatures, alabaster pieces including the two monumental candelabra made for Maximilian of Hapsburg. The rooms boast valuable period furniture (17th to 20th century), paintings, collections of fans and porcelain.

The palace was the set of Luchino Visconti’s film “Vaghe Stelle dell’Orsa” starring Claudia Cardinale and Jean Sorel, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1964.

It is often the location for theatre tours.

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