Porta Soprana

Genoa, Italy

Porta Soprana is the best-known gate of the ancient walls of Genoa. After major restorations carried out between the 19th and 20th centuries, it has regained the appearance it supposedly had at the time of the construction of the so-called Barbarossa walls (1150 ca.).


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Founded: c. 1150
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy


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4KProductions (3 months ago)
Beautiful! Must see if you in Genova. Nearby check the Christopher Columbus' House.
Raif & Vy (5 months ago)
Nice old historical gate to observe and walk through on your way to old town. Amazing place to eat and drink. There are some old ruins just outside the gate.
Marius David (7 months ago)
Nice historical place loved to walked around.
HOANG Tuan Anh (2 years ago)
1girl 1passport (2 years ago)
Porta Soprana is the best-known gate of the ancient walls of Genoa. Beautiful tucked away from the main road that leads to Piazza De Ferrari. Genoa's new city walls were built in the 12th century to defend the independence of the Republic against the expansionist ambitions of Emperor Barbarossa, after whom they are named. Porta Soprana, Porta Aurea and Porta di Santa Fede. Porta Soprana served as the entrance to the city for those arriving from the east, looking over the plane of Sant'Andrea, which took its name from a monastery demolished in the 19th century to create Via Dante and the building that currently houses the Banca d'Italia.
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