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Porta all'Arco

Volterra, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 19 attractions in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This gateway to the city is just so old that it difficult to imagine anything built now lasting for so long. Very impressive! We were there when the locals were re-enacting the blocking up of the gate to prevent its destruction in 1944 -using paving blocks from the street.

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Minnesota
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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Our lovely tour guide walked us around town and then explained the history of this place. She told us about the people that saved this arch and made it show the strength of the Italian people and makes this a lovely city in Tuscany to visit and enjoy!!Grazie! Kim

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new rochelle
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198 reviews 198 reviews
101 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

If you are in Volterra, stop and take a look at this ancient arch, and then consider how it was preserved by the townspeople during World War II

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Lincolnshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

A necessary landmark if you are staying outside the city to the south and want to walk in. A reasonable place to stop and get your breath on the way up the hill.

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York, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

You don't often see a city gateway this old. (They should make more of the fact that the citizens preserved it in 1944 by burying in stones to stop the German army demolishing it in the face of the US advance.)

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lanex
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208 reviews 208 reviews
116 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

An impressive arch and wall built during the Etruscan Empire in a fascinating town. We loved Volterra

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Atlanta
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

For me, this old arch was a 5 on the scale of historic attractions. As I looked at it, I wondered about life here when it was first constructed. They were very different times. You need to be in relatively good shape if you plan to make the walk down over the hill from city center to see the arch... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

My wife and I got used to seeing Roman monuments during our trip to northern Italy, but in this case we were treated to an up-close look at a structure that easily pre-dates the Roman era. As other reviewers have noted, the arch has much more recent history associated with it as well. We found it interesting that there are... More

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Frisco, Texas US
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Not only is this a pretty impressive stone arch built during the height of the Etruscan Empire, but it has an interesting modern twist also. During WWII, the Volterrans were afraid that the Nazis were going to blow the arch to slow down Allied forces, so they took it apart stone by stone and filled in the arch. It was... More

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Durham
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67 reviews 67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Not for travellers with mobility issues as it is on a steep hill down from the main centre. If you can though it is well worth the effort. The gate has a history and tells a story through time-the views from the ancient walls are spectacular.

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