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“A truly historical monument”
Review of Porta all'Arco

Porta all'Arco
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West Lafayette, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A truly historical monument”
Reviewed 27 August 2012

My wife and I got used to seeing Roman monuments during our trip to northern Italy, but in this case we were treated to an up-close look at a structure that easily pre-dates the Roman era. As other reviewers have noted, the arch has much more recent history associated with it as well. We found it interesting that there are people living right next door.

Visited July 2012
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Frisco, Texas US
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Arch with lots of history”
Reviewed 19 July 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”
Reviewed 19 February 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
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“ancient portal”
Reviewed 28 November 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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229 reviews
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“Impressive gate”
Reviewed 8 November 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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