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Porta Ravegnana (or Portonaccio)

Via Ravegnana - Ravenna

PORTA RAVEGNANA (or Portonaccio) was built in 1785 by architect Camillo Morigia(1743-95) to celebrate the inauguration of the new Via Ravegnana, the ancient link between Ravenna and Forlì, which had fallen into disrepair and was then restored thanks to the fundings of cardinal Valenti Gonzaga.

Rather than another entrance to the city, it appears as a celebratory arch. The structure is indeed not part of the city walls, but is located in Borgo San Rocco, only 200 metres away from another monumental access, Porta Sisi.

Realised with bricks and inserts of Istrian stone, Porta Ravegnana was built on the place where previously stood a fortified outpost of the city walls, an ancient crenellated arch called Portonaccio, from which one of the names of the new construction comes.

The structure of the gate – with just one arch – is simple, austere and linear. On either side are two small passages intended for pedestrians.


At the times of the Battle of Ravenna

The monument has an important place in the history of the city. Two days before the Battle of Ravenna (April 9th, 1512), the Este soldiers, allied with the French, attempted to break in the city near the Portonaccio, opening a breach in the city’s fortifications.

However, they were valiantly driven back by the people of Ravenna, who pushed them back with cannons out of the nearby Porta Gaza.

Further information

How to get there

Porta Ravegnana (or Portonaccio) is located in the centre of the city, near the pedestrian area of the historical centre of Ravenna.

By car: parkings in Via Romolo Ricci, Via Castel S. Pietro, Via Renato Serra and Piazza Anna Magnani. For more information on parking areas in the city, click HERE.

By bus: bus no. 3 (bus stops in Via San Mama and Via Ricci). For more information:

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Last edit:12 April 2022

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