Porta Sisi is located to the south of Ravenna, at the end of Via Mazzini. In the past, Porta Sisi represented the main gateway to the city, together with Porta Adriana.
The gate was first referred to in a document of the 10th century; according to Bovini, though, it was probably built before, since the present Via Mazzini follows the route of an old Roman road. The construction was repaired in 1568 and restored in 1649.
The brick gate is decorated with two grey granite columns topped by doric capitals, which support the trabeation, crowned by a gable. The wrought iron lunette placed under the arch was transported here in 1885 from its original collocation on the door of the monastery of San Vitale. The image of San Vitale, depicted in the middle of the lunette as a soldier on horseback, has been damaged by the passing of time.
Located in the city cetre, Porta Sisi is very close to the controlled traffic zone. Bus line 3 (bus stop in Via San Mama and Via Romolo Ricci); pay and display car park in Via Romolo Ricci and Via Castel San Pietro and free car parks in Via Renato Serra, in front of and behind the old slaughterhouse.
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Last modified date: 14/01/2017