This is one of the oldest doors in Volterra, as you walk down to the door, one of the shops on the right has a history of what happened in 1944, when the Germans threatened to blow it up - reflects what a great community Volterra was and is
A short distance from the center of town you will find this ancient marvel. I read that the severely eroded heads represent Jupiter and his two sons. Not sure about that, I thought Estucan gods differed from Roman ones? In any case, worth the down and subsequent uphill walk. As mentioned in prior review, the townspeople blocked the gate in... 更多
Having walked up from the hotel, the Porta is your entry to Volterra. Such ancient stonework that has survived almost by chance. With the modernisation of so many places the fact that the Porta is still there after all these years is really something.
The walls here are partly Etruscan construction and have been augmented with subsequent Roman and Medieval stones. They served to protect the city from invasions but if you come up the hill on the hairpin curves you will understand that the greatest barrier must have been the steep slopes. From the entrances through the walls one can often observe the... 更多
One of the two gates to the city which still have there Etruscan bases and the more famous of the two due to the three lions head and its proximity to the cente of town. But remember as you step back to view them that this is still a road and a narrow one at that!
The Arco is really one of the original gates to the town. There's some interesting history around World War II when the locals filled the arch with stones to keep the Nazis from blowing it up. And it marks the entrance to the artist street. But, other than the history, it's not really that spectacular. Worth a stop if you're... 更多
You can't miss this gate when you are in Volterra, but you can easily miss seeing the three lions heads on the top. They look like they are crumbling away, almost unrecognizable, centuries old, real find for history lovers... Architectural monument from Etruscan time. An interesting spot , you can view for free ...
We walked around the old roman wall that surrounds Volterra - some 7 kms - and visited each of the ancient gateways that go back in time. Each has its own character, butt hiss one has a special story that relates to the German retreat in the second world war. I will say no more except that these gates ooze... 更多