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Porta all'Arco

Volterra, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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jerusalem
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

But worth the try. What was especially moving the a small article near the gate pasted on a shop about the WWII history of the town's effort to save this gate from the German retreat...having stood for 3000 years, the people of the town insured it stood for posterity!

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Jerusalem, Israel
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156 reviews 156 reviews
102 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It's a steep walk down to the gate, but it gives you a real feeling for the history of the area.. It is really quite impressive. Read up about it first or take your guide book.

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Oregon
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91 reviews 91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Huge! And built in 400BC. It has been the seen of many pivotal moments in history, including in WWII.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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105 reviews 105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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228 reviews 228 reviews
124 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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259 reviews 259 reviews
140 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 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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