Porta San Giovanni

Porta San Giovanni, Rome: Address, Porta San Giovanni Reviews: 3.5/5

Porta San Giovanni
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Neighbourhood: Monti
Monti is Rome’s rebel yell. This neighbourhood just west of Termini train station mixes grit with fun as it continues to fight for its reputation as a magnet for the artsy, alternative, and hipster. Every season, quirky boutiques and food spots sprout up on its cobblestone streets. The neighbourhood supports unique and homegrown businesses that cater to its longtime residents as well as hipsters on the hunt. Hang out at Piazza della Madonna dei Monti anytime after lunch and you'll always find something going on.
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  • San Giovanni • 2 min walk
  • San Giovanni • 2 min walk
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dapper777
Monaco31,934 contributions
The walls and the gate are impressive but the traffic and the cars'noise have slowly made them less attractive.
Dec 2020 • Friends
It is located between Porta Maggiore to the north and the nearby Porta Asinaria to the west. It allowed access to the Via Campana which connected the Via Appia Nuova.
Porta S.Giovanni owes its name to the nearby basilica of St. John Lateran and consists of a large arch opened in the Aurelian Walls by Giacomo Della Porta according to some, by Giacomo del Duca according to others, certainly however at the behest of Pope Gregory XIII .
The opening of this gate established the non-use of the ancient "Asinaria door", also due to its progressive landfill, becoming unusable and unsuitable especially for road traffic. Porta S.Giovanni was inaugurated in 1574 at a much higher level than the aforementioned "Asinaria Gate", with a structure and a look more similar to the entrance of a villa than to a military defense and fortification work.
The gate has no side towers and bastions, it has only a toothed rustication and a bearded head placed on the top of the gate.
This helps to make this archway more than just a modern gate.
The passages that are today on both sides of the gate were opened in 1926, when the Appio-Latino district was built outside the walls, where before there were farms and vineyards.
Today's archways on the sides of the gate were opened for traffic reasons in the early twentieth century, when once again, after passing Porta S.Giovanni, one could see, instead of the large buildings and today's streets jammed by chaotic car traffic, a rural landscape with meadows, farmhouses, vineyards and taverns' pergolas.
Here the Romans used to organize outdoor picnic, barbecue, fêtes champêtres "out of town", in particular at St. John's Night on June 23rd, the famous "witches night".
The Aurelian walls, the Asinaria Gate and the Porta St. Giovanni are impressive and spectacular, but the noise and the intense traffic of motor vehicles and motorbikes have slowly made them less interesting and attractive.
Written 30 March 2021
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
Cool but unimpressive
Aug 2019
This 16th century gate in the ancient Aurelian Wall is not exactly very impressive, but it is neat that after five centuries it is still there and there is no charge to see it. There is a commemorative plaque above the gate with information on when it was built and who paid for the construction (Pope Gregory XIII)
Written 20 September 2019
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,126 contributions
Decorative element, not military.
Jun 2018 • Solo
The gate of San Giovanni was built in 1574, when the progress of artillery began to negate the importance of the fortress walls for the defense of the city. Especially the walls were still ancient - Aurelian.The purpose of these gates is decorative, as evidenced by the lining and the absence of military elements. They were built on behalf of Pope Gregory XIII whether architect Giacomo della Porta, or Giacomo della Duca. History has kept a name, but not a surname.
Written 29 March 2019
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia11,956 contributions
Aurelian Wall Gate
May 2018 • Couples
Standing across a busy road down near the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is the Porta San Giovanni, named after the Basilica. Beside this Aurelian Wall Gate arches were constructed in the wall to help minimise the traffic congestion in and out of Rome. Beyond the gate is Via Appia Nuova, I had read it was a good shopping strip, I went there in the hope of some good clothes/shoe shopping but was greatly disappointed.
Written 2 August 2018
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,514 contributions
GATE OF SAINT JOHN
Apr 2018 • Couples
This is one of many gates on the Aurelian Walls surrounding Rome. It is named for the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano located close by. It was originally a large single arch devoid of any defensive tower or battlements. It is more appealing while approaching from outside the city wall than exiting the city. It now consists of 7 vehicle portals and 2 pedestrian walkways. There is also a metro stop located here.
Written 20 June 2018
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,191 contributions
Another hole in the wall?
Nov 2017 • Couples
Porta San Giovanni is a gate in the Aurelian Wall named after the nearby Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. If you want to walk outside the walled city of old Rome, you can pass through the gate. Time for visit - 10 minutes.
Written 6 January 2018
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SeemsTVL
Dundee, UK353 contributions
Worth a peek if you're in the area
Oct 2017 • Family
The aqueduct style architecture is impressive, and it is near the Metro station and runs alongside the gardens adjacent to Via Carlo Felice
Written 18 October 2017
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