Porta Napoli
Porta Napoli
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LindyItalyTravelers
New York City, NY102 contributions
Jul 2022
Lecce’s imposing Porta Napoli was completed in 1548 after a comission by Habsburg Emperor Charles V to fortify the city. Modeled after triumphal arches from ancient Rome, its design is different from Lecce’s ornate baroque style. The marble gate is 1 of the city’s architectural treasures. 1 of 3 historic entrances built into the Lecce’s ancient city walls. Lecce honored the Emperor's family by placing their family emblem on the arch. Today the Arch is a stop for the many tourists who visit Lecce. The gate leads to the streets that take you to the center of the city.
Written August 13, 2022
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
Aug 2019
This magnificent gate was erected in 1548 in honor of the visit of Charles V King of Spain. The gate is based on Roman victory gates and is decorated, among other things, with the aristocratic emblem of the Kingdom of Spain. In the center of the square which is behind the gate stands an amazing obelisk erected in memory of another Spanish king, Fernando I the King of the 2 Sicilies. Both the gate and the obelisk are 2 sites that it is highly recommended not to miss. Also, it’s highly recommended to continue walking along the amazing alleys going forward.
Written July 23, 2020
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martyaustralia2018
Canberra, Australia8 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
This beautiful gate to Lecce is a wonderful example of the city's historical architecture in the local stone. It is also a good meeting point, particularly as you can drive right to it on the Piazzetta Arco di Trionfo, and pedestrians can wait there under the avenue of lovely flowering oleander trees. (It is also a perfect spot for late afternoon photos, as the setting sun shines directly on the outside of the gate!)
Written June 12, 2018
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Lorna G
McLean, VA37 contributions
Sep 2019
I was supposed to stay there with my daughter and room had two beds on two floors. The one on ground floor had one of the hardest sofa beds I have ever seen anywhere at any price. The second bed was on above floor reachable by a very steep staircase open on one side and no railings. Only one bathroom on first floor. Guest in upstairs bathroom would probably have had a severe injury trying to get to bathroom at night. The guest on sofa bed would most likely have had back trouble the next day. The decor is sad and bleak. The bathroom looked nice but in order to turn on the water and lights you had to insert a card into the wall. Undoubtedly the room would have been unbearably warm after returns from a sightseeing event. Needless to say I found a decent hotel with two real beds on one safe floor.
Written September 8, 2019
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,028 contributions
Sep 2022
This beautiful and gracious gate makes a proud entrance into the city of Lecce. All of Lecce is done in the Baroque style, and this gate is a wonderful introduction to the city.
Written October 6, 2022
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johnellen@mchsi.com
Jefferson City, MO735 contributions
Oct 2019
Our tour group walked through this impressive arch built in the 1500's. At that time it was the main gate through the city walls. The trees were in bloom so that made it all the more special.
Written February 11, 2020
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Crispy Homer
Worthing, UK335 contributions
Sep 2019
We park in the streets just before this remarkable structure and
the size and design never ceases to amaze us.
A great way to enter the delightful Centro Storico.
Written September 8, 2019
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mrst148
Watford, UK275 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
All my reviews of things and places in Puglia seem to indicate that I've was in a state of amazement during most of our tour, but I really was amazed to see this magnificent triumphal arch forming an entrance to the old city of Lecce. A wonderful introduction to a beautiful city.
Written July 21, 2019
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stanmansurrey
Thames Ditton, UK3,480 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
I discovered Porta Napoli because I had looked up a car park nearby, a somewhat ignominious way to discover a significant historic structure at the entrance to the city on the road from Naples. It deserves better.
I noted the address as Piazzetta Arco di Trionfo - the little piazza between the gate and the Obelisk. Looking for an "Arc de Triomphe" and seeing none I suddenly realised it is the gate itself.
Almost a monolith with a single portal, it is monumental and was a 16th Century tribute to the Hapsburg Emperor Charles V for his battles against the Turks and others.
The walls either side no longer exist but the gate stands alone - totally plain on the internal elevation but the external face with classical columns and triangular pediment framing the portal.
The Hapsburg coat of arms centres the pediment with an inscription in praise of Charles V and dedicated by the University and people of Lecce in 1548.
There are more prominent and dominant Arches but Porta Napoli is worth a look, perhaps rather more than it receives.
Written September 26, 2018
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Oto M
Tbilisi, Georgia45 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
I lived 50 meters from it and it was the first thing I saw when entering old town of Lecce and it is as beautiful and lovely as the old town itself. Go and check it out!
Written August 29, 2018
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