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Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

Here in late November, no tourists, only high school kids coming in through the gate. Great views and interesting architecture.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
Reviewed 5 October 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Borzov
Reviewed 26 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 14MikeM
Reviewed 24 July 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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Garlan P
Reviewed 2 July 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

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Pinkertonx
Reviewed 29 May 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

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Steveage
Reviewed 7 February 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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank GRS-SJS
Reviewed 9 December 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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank supriyabh
Reviewed 3 November 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

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank TaraR45
Reviewed 3 October 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

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank TennisgalGreenBay_WI
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