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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 Romes gateways.
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? ;-)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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