The Porta Asinaria is a gate in the Aurelian Walls of Rome. Dominated by two protruding tower blocks and associated guard rooms, it was built between 270 and 273, at the same time as the Wall itself. It is through this gate that East Roman troops under General Belisarius entered the city in 536, reclaiming the city for the Byzantine Empire from the Ostrogoths.Find out how to plan Rome trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
By the 16th century it had become overwhelmed by traffic. A new breach in the walls was made nearby to create the Porta San Giovanni. At this point, the Porta Asinaria was closed to traffic.
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This ancient gate is beautiful. Located near the San Giovanni metro stop it is surrounded by some beautiful gardens. We’re glad we stopped here on the way to the basilica. more »
A massive gate in the ancient Aurelian Walls of Rome. The gate has two gigantic round towers, and was built around 273, at the same time as the wall. As of early September 2018, there is no access... more »
Picturesque part of the old Roman walls
Very nice, not really widely publicized, ancient part of Rome. Part of the old city wall is still under reconstruction. The gate has nicely been preserved. There is an info board located between the gate and Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.
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