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This gate is part of the wall of Florence. There is a lot of traffic right in front of the gate, so taking a picture without a car on it might be challenging. The doors are still there. This gate is also mention in the...More
We visited Florence for 4 days and stayed at the Greenhouse on Via Metastasio 41, which is just around the corner from Porta Romana. We passed through this arch every day on our way to and from the town centre. The Statue of the lady...More
From Piazzale Michelangelo, one of the cool things you can see are rather large chunks of the old city wall. This gate is one of those pieces that you can easily see up close!
Driving and parking in the city is highly restricted, and this...More
This is a big gate and once you remember that this used to be the entrance to the city you can appreciate that it is a show dominance.
If you enter the city from the gate it is kind of a taste of things to...More
We stayed at the Villa Cora so this was the road into Florence. From this point forward be warned that you will get ticketed for driving in unless with a taxi or other kind of 'approved' transportation.
The Porta Romana is a landmark I had on my list to visit but I didn't think we were going to get to it. What a nice surprise when we exited the Boboli Gardens and it was right there!
I don't know if visitors would...More
Porta Romana means the Door in the City Wall towards Rome and it is the second big door after Porta San Frediano. It was built around 1328 AD and originally it was much higher than now: in fact it was reduced in the 16°century to...More
Who else would be carrying a load of rock on her head? Our Italian tour guide says she is known as the crazy lady, other locals call it "unbalanced" or "headache." Huge demonstrations demanded it be moved to some other(suburban) location, i.e. out of here....More