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Porta all'Arco

Volterra, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Jerusalem, Israel
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156 reviews 156 reviews
102 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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204 reviews 204 reviews
104 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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257 reviews 257 reviews
140 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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