The Porta Romana is a 17th century gate in the city walls of Ariccia. It is called Romana, because it is located on the road to Rome. The gate on the other side of the historical center is called Porta Napoletana.
Porta Romana Ariccia
Address: Via della Croce – Ariccia. Opening times: Always open. Ticket price: Free.
History and description
The Porta Romana, like many sights in Ariccia, was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The work itself was done under the supervision of Luigi Bernini and Giovan Battista Contini.
Although the walls it is enclosed by date back to the Middle Ages, the gate itself was constructed in 1673.
The gate itself also has an older part incorporated in it. This had probably been built by the Malabranca family, feudal lords of Ariccia in the 12th and 13th centuries.
The aedicula on the wall to the right of the gate contains a so-called Madonella.
Once you are inside the gate you enter the Piazzale Mazzini.