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Address: Volterra, Italy
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Three lion heads

You can't miss this gate when you are in Volterra, but you can easily miss seeing the three lions heads on the top. They look like they are crumbling away, almost unrecognizable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can't miss this gate when you are in Volterra, but you can easily miss seeing the three lions heads on the top. They look like they are crumbling away, almost unrecognizable, centuries old, real find for history lovers... Architectural monument from Etruscan time. An interesting spot , you can view for free ...

2 Thank Wenovo
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Porto all'Arco is the most famous architectural monument from Etruscan time in Volterra. We visited it on a rainy morning and saw the three heads which dated back to 3rd century B.C. The arch was built with different stones, suggesting remediations over different periods of time. Realizing that history had changed many times since this antiquity was installed, evoked a... More 

1 Thank need2know101
Melbourne, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We walked around the old roman wall that surrounds Volterra - some 7 kms - and visited each of the ancient gateways that go back in time. Each has its own character, butt hiss one has a special story that relates to the German retreat in the second world war. I will say no more except that these gates ooze... More 

1 Thank Dudley C
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Beautiful, imposing gate entrance to the historic city of Volterra. The streets from the gate lead you into a magnificent web of narrow streets, wonderful piazzas and superb scenery.

Thank manswa
Moss, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A historic place and a monumental entrance to one of the most charming cities in Tuscany. Volterra is a town to visit in spring or autumn.

2 Thank David007_11
Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The "Gate of the Arch" is set into the Estruscan city walls and is built of huge blocks of stone. It is a reminder of how ancient this city is, having been built prior the arrival of the Romans.

1 Thank georgestof
United Kindong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A real walk through the passage of time. I really felt the sense of history and it was wonderful to walk towards and through the Etruscan gate Several restaurants dotted along the way which looked lovely Beware the very shallow depth of the steps as depending on way the sun shines it's not always clear where the step is

1 Thank tiggerwoosis
Zagreb, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Porta all'Arco is a beautiful town gate in the city of Volterra. The best thing in visiting Porta all'Arco is how the streets of Volterra just open up to you after passing the gates. I recommend making Porta all'Arco the first stop in visiting Volterra because it will give you the unique experience of the town.

Thank Igor B
Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Nice Etruscan 'porta' giving entrance to the old city center. It takes a climb to get here but from here on you'll have a nice panaorama view.

Thank Vespa9000
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is the best preserved Etruscan gate in all of Italy with its three heads of probably Zeus and his two sons Castor and Pollux. Naturally they are worn with time- but it is still an impressive gate where you will feel the passage of time

Thank Birte L

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