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Castello dei Vicari

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Address: Via del Castello 1, 56035, Casciana Terme Lari, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0587 687116
15:30 - 19:00
10:30 - 12:30
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Sun - Sat 15:30 - 19:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 12:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Castello dei Vicari is situated on a hill that was inhabited from...

The Castello dei Vicari is situated on a hill that was inhabited from ancient times. The first document relating to its existence dates back to 1043 when a plot of land belonging to the Castle of Lari was sold for a sword. It was the site of the Pisan captaincy between the 12th and 14 th centuries, but came to prominence after it was captured by Florence in the 15th century and became the site of a Vicariate overseen by Florence. Despite the many alterations, modifications and overlaps that were made to the fortress, visitors can still see in its present aspect the many ways that it was used: as a fortress, prison, home of the Vicar with his "family" and court. To name only the most important ones, since the most observant and enquiring visitors will not miss the more ancient archaeological traces and the other less apparent aspects which are just as important and contribute to making the Castle of Lari a rare if not unique example of its kind in Tuscany and beyond. The museum route inside the Castello dei Vicari (the Castle of the Vicars) has a new layout creating a whole new visit in which technology is combined with an illustrated and educational system that takes you on a discovery of a fortress that was the centre of control in Medici Tuscany and home to a Florentine vicariate for over four centuries. The users take the lead and decide what they want to take a closer look at and how to interact with the numerous multimedia applications along the route through the use of multi-touch tablets, multimedia educational games, holographic figures in period costume and multiple projections. A story and a journey of discovery suited to even very young children thanks to the short films and dedicated applications.

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Nice stop with a great view of the countryside

We didn't know there was a castle here but ended up in Lari on our way somewhere else, what a great find! Great views of the countryside and Lari is a beautiful little Tuscan... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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94 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We didn't know there was a castle here but ended up in Lari on our way somewhere else, what a great find! Great views of the countryside and Lari is a beautiful little Tuscan town. Definitely worth a stop!

Thank VictoriousJane
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

The castle has had so many updated and improvements over the past 15 years. It is great to see what has been happening and to learn about the history of this beautiful place.

Thank Lily A
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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585 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We were there on a Sunday and the castle was closed for visitors. But, we could walk up to almost the top and walk all around the castle on/along the wall. The scenery was great. Well worth the effort, even if you can't go inside.

Thank Dajoma
Antwerp, Belgium
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8 reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Recommended to go to the hill to get a view over a piece of Tuscany (Pisa, Volterra, Chianti, Livorno, ... Romantic place at sunset.

Thank kensonv
Rendsburg, Germany
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Since spring 2016 the little museum has some multimedia explanations which make it interesting even for children (if the are previously not affected by the Middle Ages and knights). We have spent more than one hour there and would have spent even more time outside the exhibit if we wouldn't have beendet a bit late. Take some time and study... More 

Thank Weareafamilyofthree
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We visit this little castello for a short trip on our journey throu tuscany. We expectet nothing and thought the castello was closed, so we walked around and suddenley a Woman opens a Window and asked if we want to join the excourse. So we said yes, and walked inside. We booked the Audio guide and we walked alone (with... More 

Thank Feierkind
Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

After the obligatory pilgrimages to the obvious tourist traps in Tuscany it was amazing to find this little gem perched in the Tuscan Hills (about 30 mins from Pisa). It's a beautiful quaint town complete with its own castle. The views from the castle walls are amazing and if you want to tour the castle it is only €4 for... More 

Thank BrianMcKeown
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Lira is a charming little town perched on a small hill in Tuscany. There is a castello at the very summit and the streets surrounding it all are quite charming. On the warm sunny day of my visit, there were older Italian men hanging out at their favorite café. I got to Lira from the port of Livorno by bicycle.... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2015

I gave this a five-star rating not because of the tour (which I didn't even know you could take; the signage isn't great and the few people there were definitely not very interested in tourists). My rating is for the views you get from the top and the wonderful, "right out of central casting" little town complete with winding stone... More 

1 Thank kleic
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2014

We took a winding back road with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside to Lari with the purpose of visiting the castle. We were not disappointed. On a quiet, cold day the tour was perfect. The audio guide was at times a little too detailed, but we were given a good explanation of the use of the castle - especially... More 

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