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Medieval Festival of Voltera

Sorry but I did not find a place to put this review however my wife and I came upon this celebration quite by accident and were happy we did. This is a wonderfully grass roots... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2016
tom l
Boyce, Virginia
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Boyce, Virginia
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

Sorry but I did not find a place to put this review however my wife and I came upon this celebration quite by accident and were happy we did. This is a wonderfully grass roots festival that seemingly the whole town participates in, in one way or another. Dancers, strolling musicians, flag twirling, processions through town, excellent street food, crafts... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is the impressive entrance into Volterra from our hotel. An important part of Volterra's heritage. An interesting street leads up to the town. In that street there is a shop window telling the story of how the Arch was saved from destruction by the Germans during WW2. A fascinating read (with photographs) and a credit to the the worthy... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Similar to a variety of places in the area, it gives you a good impression of the medieval ages and you can enjoy the scenery around

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Loved the story of the Volterrans taking on the Nazi's and saving their gateway to Volterra. Interesting story for sure.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

This is one of the oldest doors in Volterra, as you walk down to the door, one of the shops on the right has a history of what happened in 1944, when the Germans threatened to blow it up - reflects what a great community Volterra was and is

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Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

It's quite amazing how old this structure is and still standing. Well worth the effort to investigate when in Volterra.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

An Etruscan gate with its sandstone doorposts dating from 5th-4th BC. The arch and three sculptured heads are 2nd-3rd BC. How can you not be impressed by this magnificent gate? There are two theories on the three sculptured heads - they could be Jove, Juno and Minerva, guarding Volterra or Zeus, Castor and Pollux. They remain a mystery, as the... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

A short distance from the center of town you will find this ancient marvel. I read that the severely eroded heads represent Jupiter and his two sons. Not sure about that, I thought Estucan gods differed from Roman ones? In any case, worth the down and subsequent uphill walk. As mentioned in prior review, the townspeople blocked the gate in... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

Fascinating history of this particular gate. Be sure to read the WWII story about this gate and how it was almost blown up by the Nazis to prevent the allies from advancing

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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

A gateway to the city, a stone arch with 3 heads that have been whittled down by the elements...well worth a look.

Thank Ann C

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