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"Porta Borsari" Top 5 Page for this destination Porta Borsari - Roman City Gate Tip by effeti

Porta Borsari - Roman City Gate, Verona: 11 reviews and 21 photos

  the external facade
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  • the external facade - Verona
      the external facade
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  • From the citycenter - Verona
      From the citycenter
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Porta Borsari is the original external facade of the ancient roman fortified main gate of the town. It was along the Postumia road that entered the city from SW.... in fact it is the actual Stradone Porta Palio and Corso Cavour... The original pavament of the road is still there... i saw it a few years ago during the last renovation of the actual street floor.

The gate dates back to 1st century BC, and was renovated a century later. The Via (road) Postumia entering the town from SW, once inside the gate, was also the main "decumanus" (or north-south axis of the orthogonal roman streets system), crossing the main "cardus" exactly at the actual south-west corner of Piazza Erbe (the ancient forum) from where you can still see both Porta Borsari and the remains of Porta Leoni (read other tip).

The actual name is medieval, from the "Bursarii" (borsa = bag) that collected taxes here.
The original name was "Porta Iovia" from the name of the god Jupiter, to whom was entitled a temple just outside of it, where the actual Via Adua leads to the river Adige.

Address: Portoni Borsari
Directions: Just west, following via Oberdan, from the Arena.

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2006
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