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Originally known as Porta Appia built in 275 AD, this large keystone arch was renovated by various emperors and popes over the centuries, and today is considered one of the finest preserved of Rome’s gateways.
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Reviewed June 26, 2019

As gates go, this one is impressive in large part because it is still here. There have been many repairs and modifications over the years, but doesn’t that describe a lot of what makes Rome unique? ;-)

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 2, 2019

We chose this as our starting point for a walk along the Via Appia. The old roman gate has been modified many times over the centuries, and what you see today is mostly from the mid 1750’s. The original form of the gate was twin...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

This gate in the Aurelian walls is the start of the Appian Way and was called Porta Appia. The gate itself is the largest and best preserved of all the gates in the wall. Its current configuration is of a single archway, above which rests...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

The Porta San Sebastian is a massive gate in the Aurelian Walls (which are particularly well preserved in this area). Amazing to see how Rome was (and had to be) protected after the empire began to fall apart, what an engineering feat. Just behind it...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed October 18, 2015

Impressive section of the Aurelian Wall and the largest gateway. very good free museum inside the gate towers and a section of the wall you can walk along the views are spectacular.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank stephenrog
Reviewed July 24, 2015

At the “end” of the Ancient via Appia Antica. It’s not easy to find the entrance. Go through the big entry gate and it’s around the corner to the left. But, the signage is lacking. Once inside, there are many rooms explaining the history of...More

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Jesse N
Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Museo Della Mura or Museum of the Walls is located within the San Sebastian Gate. The museum is just on the inside of the gate opposite of the Appian Way. At a cost of 5 euro it is a great value where you can...More

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank Jim413
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Originally known as the Porto Appia - because it was the gate where you exited the city and started down the Appian Way. The gate is now contained within a section of the Aurelian Walls which were built in the 3rd century. It also now...More

Date of experience: September 2013
2  Thank Scott8147
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We took a cab from the centre to the Porta San Sebastiano, with the intention of cycling on the Appian way, which is closed to (most) traffic on Sundays and found this ancient gate amidst beautiful trees and greenery, very peaceful, quiet and atmospheric. There...More

Date of experience: July 2013
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