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Reviewed October 5, 2018

The old Etruscan gateway, originally dated from the third century BC, was built in Cyclopean blocks of stone, with medieval surrounds. The three eroded lumps on the outer side were probably the statues of Etruscan gods. You can also see the memorial which commemorates the...More

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Reviewed August 26, 2018

Wonderful grand entrance to a spectacular well preserved Roman city well worth spending a few hours here

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Reviewed July 23, 2018

One of the oldest surviving structures from pre-Roman days (Etruscan). The gate has a lot of history, and a great story of how it was saved by the locals during WWII. A very impressive structure best seen in the early morning when the sun first...More

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Reviewed July 2, 2018

This gate is the only Etruscan remains of the ancient walls. Later sandstone decoration dates to the 4th century AD. Just up the street there is a shop with a fascinating piece of history on display in the window: The Germans decided to destroy the...More

2  Thank Pinkertonx
Reviewed May 28, 2018

The gateway has a stone arch, decorated with three sculpted heads. The doorposts date to the 4th century BC.The three heads and the arch date to the 3rd century BC. That's it, a really cool ancient arch to go see. Neat history of the people...More

1  Thank Steveage
Reviewed February 6, 2018

This is one of the gateways into the town. This gate being the most famous dating to the 2nd and 3rd century BC. This is the only remaining part of the southern part of the wall built by the Etruscans. The gate is next to...More

Reviewed December 9, 2017

Volterra is not a big city. If you are there and want to do all the free things then this would be on the list. You would not need more than half a day to see all the places with no entrance fee. The arch...More

Thank Supriya B
Reviewed November 3, 2017

Not sure it was worth the effort to get there. Granted we should have planned a little better, but by the time you take the train to the bus and walk up the hill, I wanted things to be a little easier. There are some...More

1  Thank TaraR45
Reviewed October 2, 2017

There are two things in Volterra, that you need to see. This, and the Roman Ruins. This porta is not much to look at alone, but if you have a Rick Steeves book, and read the history of this arch, you will learn alot. If...More

1  Thank TennisgalGreenBay_WI
Reviewed October 2, 2017

This is a must see place in Volterra. The only remaining Etruscan part that remains in the southern part of the ancient walls. The door posts are made of sandstone and date to the 4th century. From June 30-July 1, 1944 the people of Volterra...More

Thank Steve S
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