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Villa Porta all'Arco
Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Volterra
Reviewed 2 October 2012

Found Hotel easy, the walk out the front gate is not that bad, just be aware especially if you have young people with you. The room was good and the air con appreciated. Breakfast was good, and the staff helpful. I was able to be understood with my very limited Italian skills, but the staff we all all good and helpful. Have no problem recommending the hotel. Steep walk up the the historic centre, but an easy walk home.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Location and access is a little difficult the first time, gate is on a hairpin bend on busy road. Be especially careful when leaving on foot, traffic brushes toes. Once you have crossed the main road and climbed a few steps you are safe and can be on steep hill into town in a few minutes.
beautiful old villa and very stylish rooms.
A very nice breakfast is taken outside on terrace, under shade of trees. Free wifi in room, no problems.
Volterra itself is well worth visiting and we seemed to be there during a festival of some sort and there was live music in square and public buildings were open in evening. Free to see and climb tower.
A small negative, frequent whiffs of drain/sewage type smells in streets. Worse than I have ever experienced in Venice which seems to have an unfounded reputation for them. Was put off an otherwise good restaurant because of smells.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We arrived after a 65 km bike ride at the hotel and found nobody there, and were thinking: Oh No... But then a very nice old men arrived. He only spoke Italian, but was very nice and helpfull. We got a fantastic room in a real Villa with a fabulous view and noiseless air conditioning ( a big plus). Location is just outside the city walls and you have to be a little careful crossing the street - but for a hotel close to a city this is one of the best you can get. Breakfest (served by the same man) was also very good.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank BramNetherlands
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

This simple hotel right outside the Etruscan Gate was perfect for us. We had two rooms; our teenagers shared a large bedroom and bath on the first floor, while my husband and I had a small room on the ground floor. The bed was a real shin-banger--three of us left with bruises--and not quite as comfortable as most of the Italian hotels we stayed in. The breakfast, however, was the best we had, with large mugs of cappuccino made to order. The staff has limited English (still better than our Italian!), but they know "big cups" please Americans! There is a small parking lot which requires some cooperation between driver and staff at busy times, but it's still a great convenience in Volterra, where parking is at a real premium. The grounds are lovely and the staff are wonderful.

Room Tip: The location is a quiet one, but if you are sleeping on the ground floor near the entrance, you may...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

Beautiful villa located a few minutes walk from the center of Volterra. The staff there is very simple but extremely nice and service oriented. The hotel is a villa of the 900 and the style is maintained both in the rooms and in the common areas. The breakfast Is very good with a lot of different stuff to really satisfy everybody.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2012 via mobile

Our family of four enjoyed the view across the valley from our windows, the air conditiong when needed, and the pleasant garden where breakfast is served. The owners were always helpful, lots of coffee for breakfast ( big cups, they knew, for Americans), hot chocolates for our boys. Simple walk into volterra for strolls. We also made the easy one hour drive to the beach for a day. Nice touch: after the first night they saw we all read books in bed, so an extra pillow was added to each for propping up. We decided out room must have the best bathroom view in Europe!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

We were fortunate to be able to stay in this lovely villa for four nights. The family are so gracious and helpful and made us feel like we were staying in our own family's home. Our room was huge, the largest we've stayed in anywhere, with a bathroom to match. The views to the valley below and the distant hills was an added bonus. As others have said, the breakfast was great but the real bonus was the coffee, served in cups the size of bowls. This was a perfect place to explore further as well, close to Sienna and San Gimigiano. We would definitely return.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the house - we stayed in room 40.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Porta all'Arco

Address: Via Giuseppe Mazzini 2, 56048, Volterra, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Volterra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Volterra
Price Range: £61 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Porta all'Arco 3*
Number of rooms: 150
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