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“Arch with lots of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Porta all'Arco

Porta all'Arco
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Full Day Private San Gimignano and Volterra Self-Guided Tour from Livorno
Frisco, Texas US
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50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Arch with lots of history”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 reconstructed after the war's end.

Visited August 2011
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Durham
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82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Etruscan and Roman with a WW2 story”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited February 2012
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Salem, Oregon
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“ancient portal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

dates to the Estruscans- saved from destruction by the Germans in WWII when locals pulled up cobblestones to block the entry instead

Visited November 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
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207 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Impressive gate”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2011

If you are fit and don't mind a hill, this is worth seeing. It features in the New Moon series, so if have teenagers with you they might be impressed.

Visited September 2011
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