Porta San Giovanni

The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, in which there are many famous works by Caravaggio is particularly worthwhile: the crucifixion of Peter and the conversion of Paul. The Porta Pinciana in Rome strangely is now much easier with the Car through the Porta Pinciana allows it to crash, than to go through on foot under it. This is because that is the door exactly at a busy intersection, meet at the the sheet avalanches from the direction of the Villa Borghese and via Veneto and Piazza Barberini. The gate was named after the Pinzio, one of the seven Roman hills, where the gate was built. The Porta Pinciana was built in the year 403 during the reign of the Emperor Honorius. In medieval folklore, called the gate also Porta Belisaria. Because the legend wants it so that the General Bizantino Belisario, the man revered as one of the most important Byzantine generals of in history, in later years, when he was drawn by the age and had lost his eyesight and his wealth, had come to beg at this gate. Starting from Porta Pinciana you can go along the famous Via Veneto.

She is best known by Frederico Fellini’s classic film the sweet life. In this way you will reach Piazza Barberini, where you the stunning Triton fountain by Bernini, the Fontana di Tritone, expected. The Porta San Giovanni in Rome she inaugurated Porta San Giovanni in the year 1574. The traffic to and from southern Italy should be facilitated by them. In the question after the actual architects of the gate a little confusion.

All documents of the era talk only by a famous architect, Giacomo. According to the legend was the name of the architect Giacomo Della Porta. “She goes so far as to claim that he exactly at this gate, which he himself had built” a poisoning by melons and watermelons on his way back from the Roman castles, the Castelli Romani, died. “Porta San Giovanni is closely linked with other popular Roman traditions, especially with the Notte di San Giovanni”, the night of San Juan, which is celebrated on June 23. According to the legend, the ghost of herodias, her husband had persuaded Herod antipas to decapitate John the Baptist, a witches celebration on the floodplains of Laterans, where is located the Porta San Giovanni held. The Romans organised a big party with rattles and Fireworks to chase away the spirits. Eating snails, whose Horner became the symbol of discord was typical of these festivals. The gastropods munching burn in the stomach all disputes and hostilities which have accumulated in the past year. The Festival is a celebration of reconciliation through this custom. The Porta San Giovanni was named after the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the official church seat of the Bishop of Rome, i.e. the Pope himself, located there. Alex Aachen