Porta Portese (Portese Gate)

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Porta Portese (Portese Gate) Sunday flea market

This is the most recent among the gates of the walls around Rome (17th century). It was built in 1644 by Urban VIII as part of the Janiculum Walls and finished by his successor Innocent X who put on the top of it his coat-of-arms. This antique city gate was one of the main entrances in the city of Rome.

Porta Portese (Portese Gate)
In the time of its construction another gate existed on the distance of circa 450m away to the south with the name Porta Portuense taken from the name of the road on which it stood. The road in its turn was leading to the Port where Claudius and Trajan created port infrastructures and destroyed the kind of them located in Ostia. Now on the site of that Port an international airport "Leonardo Da Vinci" unveiled for the Olympic games of 1960 stands.

Until the late 19th century, the Ripa Grande port (then the main river port of the city) was located in the nearby. Just outside the gate, a large arsenal was erected by Clement XI starting from 1714. The Via Portuense starts from it, which originally connected the city to Portus.
Porta Portese (Portese Gate) at Piazza di Porta Portese
The gate reminds a triumphal arch with the four columns on the high basement, all crowned with the balustrade. Construction of Urban's walls in the zone of Porta Portese caused destruction of an old Jewish cemetery. In compensation the pope gave to the Jewish community a piece of land on the Aventine Hill with the view on Circo Massimo.

Today you will find the custom house which stood behind the gate was pulled down at the end of the XVIIIth century and this facilitates the view over the Aventine hill. Cars coming from the city continue to pass through the gate, whereas a modern opening is reserved to those going the other way.

Along the street via Portuense starting from the gate Porta Portese, every Sunday from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m. the famous Roman flea market named "Porta Portese" takes place and extends all the way up to Viale Trastevere. Here you can find everything, any kind of goods, new and second hand. This market appeared spontaneously since 1945 being a successor of an old market located on Campo de'Fiori and closed when the WWII began. Apart from these gates, there are also arches to be seen all over the city, often in fairly random seeming places.

Getting Porta Portese (Portese Gate):

Tram 3. Bus 23. The market is located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city, Trastevere, close to the banks of the Tiber. For example from the Termini station you can catch the bus number 75 which will take you directly in front of the market, or take the metro line B to Piramide and then walk towards the river, about 10 minutes. To reach the closest public transport line, walk back to viale Trastevere: tram no.8 will take you towards the city center (largo di Torre Argentina, not far from piazza Venezia). Otherwise, you can cross Ponte Sublicio (i.e. the bridge next to Porta Portese), and walk straight down the wide via Marmorata for about 800 metres - ½ mile: it will take you to Porta San Paolo and Gaius Cestius' Pyramid, by the metro station "Piramide" (line B).

Address:
Porta Portese (Portese Gate)
Piazza di Porta Portese (Viale di Trastevere)
00153 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)/ Quartiere Gianicolense (Roma West)
Porta Portese (Portese Gate) is Shown By "Map J Zone" As "37"
Email: port...@portaportesemarket.it
Website: http://www.portaportesemarket.it/
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Ponte Sublicio (Sublicio Bridge) at Piazza Di Porta Portese

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