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Porta all'Arco

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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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Moss, Norway
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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.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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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.

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United Kindong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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

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Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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.

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Ghent, Belgium
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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.

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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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

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Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Looks as old as it is, but very solid and picturesque. Steep walk up to it, steep walk down to it from within town.

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Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

You can see how old this ancient entrance is just by looking at the 3 faces on the front and the tufa stone and the stone work around the porto. It is very well maintained and if you like history then you will love Volterra but make sure you see this ancient gate.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The Porta all’Arco is located on the southern wall of the town of Volterra, Italy. It is at the end of Via Porta all’Arco very near Volterra’s underground parking lot. It is also about 20 miles southwest of San Gimignano. It is a little hard to find but I Google mapped it from the parking lot so recognized the street... More 

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jerusalem
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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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