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Villa Porta all'Arco
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Volterra
Bournemouth
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51 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A great surprise, best hotel in Volterra”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We booked this hotel, just outside the city walls as the ones inside were all booked. We were so lucky! This is the friendliest hotel in Volterra and the owners were so helpful. They started breakfast early just for us as we had an early appointment. The hotel has a small parking area and they organised all the guests so we could leave early. The best hotel in Volterra.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I stayed here for one night in September 2013. My jaw dropped when I saw they view from our room (41). AMAZING. The hotel itself is super quiet and quaint-- I loved the decor and the period features. I found the bed comfortable (no complaints here about the mattress!). Shower was nice-- lots of hot water. Breakfast was tasty, too, though I wasn't a big fan of the giant coffees (unlike other reviewers). The walk up the hill is really short-- like 5 minutes and it isn't steep (there are stairs though into town). Despite it being close to the road it was super quiet. It was really, really lovely. Couldn't get the wifi working but we found free wifi at the gelato/coffee bar up the main street (you can access it from the street too).

Room Tip: Room 41 was at the back on the 2nd floor and had a nice view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dragoer, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2013

We stayed for two nights in this lovely hotel. It is very close to the center, and have very few rooms. The breakfast was very good, and they serve very large cups of coffee. The host couples are very friendly and helpfull. THe rooms are small but clean and cosy, and have very nice bathrooms.
We would stay here again...

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2013

The hotel is a classical sort of place to stay with antique furnishings. There is some car parking at the hotel (within the hotel grounds) and other spaces nearby. The room we had was pleasant and moderately clean although the bathroom could have had slightly more cleaning effort. The bed was reasonably comfortable although not up to the normally excellent Italian standards.
It was an ideal base to explore Volterra being only five minutes walk from the Porta all'Arco Etruscan gate to Volterra. Be careful crossing the road from the hotel as it can be quite busy.
The proprietor was very friendly and helpful and offered a very good breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2013

We had booked for 4 nights here but we left after only one because the mattress was so soft and mis-shapen by years of use, we had almost no sleep. The hotel is very nice, in a 100-year-old villa, furnished accordingly. Hot water and facilities all fine, breakfast OK, but the hotel is situated well below the arch into Volterra, and you have to walk up a main road and a LOT of steps. Not suitable for disabled, mobility-challenged or even arthritis sufferers like me - and this is not clear from the website. No lift in hotel either. If they get some new mattresses they'll be a pretty nice hotel, though, for younger and fitter people!

Room Tip: Avoid downstairs room if possible, though even upstairs ones don't have very good views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We spent four nights in this perfectly acceptable hotel and enjoyed the experience. We had a large comfortable room with a wonderful view and a nice bathroom. The breakfast was great, excellent Cappucini, and we were warmly treated by the good people who manage the hotel. It is a steep walk up to the town on a narrow and busy road, but it takes 2 minutes to drive up the hill to the main entrance where there is a parking garage - we used this each time we visited the town. The hotel has enough parking for about 6 cars. Highly recommended

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Russellville, Arkansas
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237 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2013

On a trip to Italy my wife and I had the good fortune to stay at the Villa Porta all'Arco. The rooms were very comfortable and the management was just so warm, gracious and helpful. It's a nice walk (uphill...but everything in the area is uphill or downhill) into Volterra and the area is so beautiful. Breakfast at the Hotel is very nice. The pastries are to die for and the selection of juices, teas and coffees was very nice. If we're in Volterra again we will definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Just ask for anything you may need, because the service is so friendly and exceptional!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Villa Porta all'Arco

Property: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Volterra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Porta all'Arco 3*
Number of rooms: 150
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