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Address: Volterra, Italy

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Ancient Etruscan Gate

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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