The Porta Capena was a gate in the Servian Wall near the Caelian Hill, in Rome, Italy according to Roman tradition the sacred grove where Numa Pompilius and the nymph Egeria would meet. It was one of the main entries to the city of Rome, since it opened on the Appian Way. The origin of the name is unknown, although it may refer to the fact that the road leads to Capua, an important city in Campania, south of Rome.A well at the Porta Capena provided holy water for the yearly ceremony of Mercuralia.According to 1st century AD writer Juvenal, the Porta Capena was frequented by beggars. In particular, he says that it was a common place for Jewish beggars.Porta Capena square hosts the FAO headquarters. Between 1937 and 2004, it was home to the obelisk of Axum.In popular cultureThe Porta Capena was featured as a location visited by the Cornelii family in the popular Latin textbook series, Ecce Romani.For travelers who use our world travel planner, Rome holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Piazza di Porta Capena and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Nothing remains of that door , from here started the Road Appia to Capua, the name Capena comes from that city more »
Don't waist your time. We went there as a early morning walk. Porta Capena is just a big park and I never did figure out what the ruins were. There is lots of people walking their dogs without... more »
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