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Porta San Mamante (or San Mama)

Via San Mama - Ravenna

PORTA SAN MAMANTE (or San Mama) is located to the south of the city, in the area of Via Baccarini, Via Bastioni and Via Mama, very close to Porta Sisi.

Originally, these two accesses to the city were only separated by the course of the Padenna river, which flowed out of the city centre right by this stretch of walls.

Even if some sources confirm that it is one of the most ancient gates of Ravenna, it was probably built around the 11th century, as in some documents it is remembered as “nuova” (new).

The name San Mama is linked to the figure of Saint Mammes, the saint who also gave his name to the nearby church, later demolished by order of Pope Leo X.

The current aspect of the gate dates back to a restoration intervention ordered in 1613 by cardinal legate Domenico Rivarola, as stated by the inscription located over the arch and supported by two rampant lions: “S. P. Q. RAV. Portam hanc Prisca potentiae monumentum temporis iniuria collapsam hostiumque incursionibus devastam erigi aperiri MDCXIII”.

During the papacy of Pope Paul V, the gate was decorated with marbles, cornices and pillars and was also called Porta Borghesia, from the name of the Borghese family, to which the pope belonged.

Another one of its names was Porta del Molino, for its location in the area of the great mill of the Polentani family, later destroyed.

In the dialect of Ravenna it is called “i basciòn” (lit. the bastions), in memory of the large fortification adjacent to the gate.

The current structure made of bricks and Istrian stone consists of two pillars, with Tuscan capitals, resting on a base and supporting a massive architrave.


Rivers and mills in Borgo San Rocco: the Molino Lovatelli mill

This area of the city was the one with the highest concentration of water, so much so that the old industrial centre was born right here, around the many mills.

Among these ones, the most famous one was Molino nuovo or Lovatelli, near Porta S. Mama.
Already existing in 1237 and operating until just some decades ago, it appears as a meaningless structure on the exterior, but with its great arcades and large and evocative rooms, has a solemn appearance on the interior.

Originally, it was owned by the Polentani family, but by right of conquest it passed to the Republic of Venice, which in 1483 completely rebuilt it so strongly that it has come down to us.

Further information

How to get there

Porta San Mamante is located near the centre of the city, near the pedestrian area of the historical centre of Ravenna.

By car: parking areas in Via Romolo Ricci, Via Castel San 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 Romolo Ricci). For more information:

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Last edit:12 April 2022

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