"Porta Pinciana (Pincian Gate), Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 29th April 2011
Porta Pinciana is a gate of the Aurelian Walls in Rome. The name derives from the gens Pincia, who owned the epponymous hill (Pincian Hill). In ancient times it was also called Porta Turata ("Plugged Gate", for it was partially closed) and Porta Salaria vetus, as the oldest Via Salaria passed under it (the Via Salaria nova passed under the Porta Salaria).
It was the minor gate of the Aurelian walls, from where the Via Salaria vetus had been taken the beginning. It is made of a simple archway bordered by travertine with two cylindrical towers on the sides placed here by emperor Honorius in 403. There is a marble relief facing Via Veneto dedicated to the soldiers fell in the WWI. Opposite the gate is one of the entrances to the Villa Borghese.
Here you can see just how well the Aurelian walls have been preserved and imagine hordes of Visigoths trying to break through them. Sturdy as the walls look, they couldn't always keep out the barbarians: Rome was sacked three times during the 5th century alone.it was closed, Closed for most of the XIXth century Porta Pinciana was reopened with the completion of Via Veneto. Currently it has five fornices but originally had only one (the one lined with marble and topped by two towers); the others were opened more recently to speed the traffic. During the Middle Ages it was also known as Porta Belisaria in commemoration of Justinian's general who defended Rome against the Goths and then had the city rebuilt.
Porta Pinciana (Pincian Gate)
Largo Federico Fellini, Junction Via Vittorio Veneto and Corso d'Italia, Villa Borghese
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Quartiere Pinciano (Roma centro)
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