Porta San Giovanni

Porta San Giovanni

San Giovanni is the gate in the Aurelian Walls named after the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano and constructed during papacy of Gregory XIII in 1574. Researchers are not sure who built the gate: some historians think it was Giacomo Del Duca, who designed Port Pia with Michelangelo himself, others believe it was Giacomo Della Porta. This gate wasn’t constructed for defensive purposes – it was intended to regulate traffic in the city and out of the city. As soon as San Giovanni Gate was constructed antique gate Porta Asinaria located several meters away to the left from it and built in the III century AD was closed forever.

Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni
How to reach: San Giovanni
Coordinates: 41.885905, 12.509302