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Balze Cliffs

Volterra, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Volterra
Type: Ancient Ruins, Geologic Formations
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Jerusalem, Israel
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156 reviews 156 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It's a great view of Volterra and the surrounding countryside. There are some walking paths and a very nice CAMPSITE, with good facilities. However, if you are short of time, you can skip it. There are beautiful views everywhere in Tuscany

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Striking cliff formation showing eroded strata of soft rock. Is best viewed from track opposite rather than from the area indicated by the signs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Volterra is very charming and Blaze Cliffs, even a bit away, are fantastic... view is amazing and the perfect temperature at this time of year is making a walk very pleasent.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Worth the effort to see the views and understand the Etruscan history of Volterra, if history is your thing

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Dublin, Ireland
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42 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is very interesting, a church sitting on the edge of a cliff since the 1800s. A little tricky to find, but worth a view, to see this very good example of why Volterra has reduced by about 2/3s as the town has shifted.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

If you are intrigued by the history of this town, be sure to check out these cliffs. Walking along the top you can see fairly well preserved remains of the wall and you can't help but think about all the history that these walls represent. The view from the top was spectacular but there is more to see if you... More

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Pisa, Italy
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202 reviews 202 reviews
3 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Approaching Volterra through the main road, you start to wonder about remote history,maybe in the prehistoric time or in Etruschi era, when Volterra was almost the only city in Italy and maybe in western Europe. Since that time, Those rocks,cliffs,holes have seen innumerable human events, hidden tragedies and mysterious facts,without altering their terrific aspects and losing their match with the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Ask at the tourist office in the main square to show you the very easy route out to this lovely spot by a campsite overlooking dramatic steep cliffs and the abbey in the distance which apparently you can visit at certain times on Friday-Sunday. Well worth a look and a few shots with the camera.

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We walked from Porta all'Arco and didn't see many signposts for pedestrians. Locals were pretty helpful and we found it in the end. Quite a big camp site on top of cliffs and some remains of Etrucan walls. Some good views over country side but I have a feeling The Balze itself can be seen better from roadway below.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Not for those with a fear of heights! The walk along the cliff edge is spectacular (well protected with a fence and lots of warnings) and the views are amazing. It's sad to think the monastery on the edge of the cliff is slowly moving towards destruction-see it before it goes.

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