Porta all'Arco

Holiday Travel Guide
Porta all\'Arco showing heritage architecture

Learn about the ancient Etruscan civilization at this city gate, which marks the historic entrance to Volterra.

Step through one of the oldest landmarks in the city at Porta all’Arco. This arched gateway was initially created by the Etruscans, a pre-Roman civilization who first lived in the town. Spend time pondering the mysteries of the earliest inhabitants of Volterra before crossing the arch to explore the charming Tuscan old town.

Look for varying details in the arch from different centuries of Etruscan life. The doorposts, crafted from sandstone, date back as early as the 4th century B.C. The arch and statues were built slightly later in the following centuries. Medieval fortifications replaced the Etruscan walls in the 13th century, but this gate was incorporated into the new perimeter.

Spot the three heads that adorn the arch of the gate. Two millennia have weathered away the detail on these ancient features, making it difficult to know what exactly they represent. Some suggest that they are Jove, Juno and Minerva, the guardian gods of Volterra.

Learn more about the arch and the people that made it at the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum. See an ancient illustration of the gateway under siege to get a sense of what it looked like in the past. Beautifully carved funerary urns and interactive exhibits help to bring this mysterious period of history to life.

Stroll underneath the arch to enter the heart of Volterra’s old town. Walk for 5 minutes north to discover Piazza dei Priori, an immaculately preserved medieval square. Its main attraction is the Palazzo dei Priori, which was built in the 13th century and today functions as Volterra’s town hall. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta is a similarly short walk from the gateway and offers a spectacular interior, decorated with impressive religious artwork.

Porta all’Arco is located near the center of Volterra. Ride a bus to the bottom of Via Porta all’Arco then wander up the slope to find this ancient monument. Alternatively, walk here while exploring the historic town of Volterra on foot.

Top Trending Hotels Near Porta all'Arco

Il Sogno di Annalisa
Il Sogno di Annalisa
Via San Lino 85, Volterra, PI
The price is £59 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in the heart of Volterra, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Rossi Alabastri Volterra, Alabaster Ecomuseum and Roman Theatre. Pinacoteca e ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Nice option for soft beds lover!
"This is hard one. Place, location, value for money - all is amazing. Until you go to sleep. This is where it will depend on weather you prefer hard of ultra soft bed. Everything was just great until we got into bed. There was some filter/pipe smth making noise. i fixed that, i guess just pressure ..."

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2021

Il Sogno di Annalisa
Hotel Volterra In
Hotel Volterra In
3 out of 5
Via Porta all'Arco 37/41, Volterra
The price is £103 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in the heart of Volterra, this hotel is steps away from Porta all'Arco, Palazzo dei Priori and Cathedral of Volterra. Palazzo Pretorio and Palazzo Incontri ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (47 reviews)
"Amazing location and very friendly staff. Ideal location if spending time walking around a medieval city is what you like."

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

Hotel Volterra In
Camere Renzi
Camere Renzi
Piazza Martiri della Liberta 8, Volterra, PI
Located in the heart of Volterra, this townhouse accommodation is steps away from Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo Pretorio and Porta all'Arco. Cathedral of Volterra ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (81 reviews)
Wonderful!
"Perfect location, great hosts, incredible view from the patio."

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020

Camere Renzi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see Porta all'Arco

iH Hotels Firenze Select
Villa Cora
Don't see what you're looking for?
See all available trips from London to Porta all'Arco
View all trips

Popular places to visit in Porta all'Arco

Porta all'Arco

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:
Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Top Hotel Deals

Il Sogno di Annalisa
Il Sogno di Annalisa
Via San Lino 85, Volterra, PI
The price is £59 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Il Sogno di Annalisa
Hotel Volterra In
Hotel Volterra In
3 out of 5
Via Porta all'Arco 37/41, Volterra
The price is £103 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Hotel Volterra In
Camere Renzi
Camere Renzi
Piazza Martiri della Liberta 8, Volterra, PI
Camere Renzi
Allegroitalia Nazionale Volterra
Allegroitalia Nazionale Volterra
3 out of 5
Via dei Marchesi 11, Volterra, PI
The price is £67 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb
Allegroitalia Nazionale Volterra
AlbergoDiffusoVolterra
AlbergoDiffusoVolterra
Via Porta all'Arco, Volterra, Provincia di Pisa
AlbergoDiffusoVolterra
Albergo Etruria
Albergo Etruria
3 out of 5
Via Matteotti 32, Volterra, PI
The price is £68 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Albergo Etruria
Park Hotel le Fonti
Park Hotel le Fonti
4 out of 5
Via di Fontecorrenti, 2A, Volterra, PI
Park Hotel le Fonti
Hotel San Lino
Hotel San Lino
4 out of 5
Via San Lino 26, Volterra, PI
Hotel San Lino
Hotel La Locanda
Hotel La Locanda
4 out of 5
Via Guarnacci 24/28, Volterra, PI
Hotel La Locanda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.