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Colle di Val d'Elsa has a certain charm. It is often passed by as people speed between Florence and Sienna but we found it interesting. The Porta Volterrana is the impressive sturdy gate into the town. It is easy to imagine the 16th century battles...More
They say first impressions last and I have to say than when you see this impressive fortified gate you can imagine what the whole village is like. And it is true, a gem of a village that you access through a gem of a gate
This gate is a major episode of military architecture, because in it for the first time the architectural models that were characteristic of the fortresses, that is, the circular towers linked by a curtain wall, were applied to a city gate.
The gate is the...More