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Porta Teguriense

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Along the stretch of the city walls that from Porta Adriana leads to Porta Serrata, in correspondence with the current Via San Vitale, are the remains of PORTA TEGURIENSE (also known as Porta S. Vitale or Porta di Odoacre).

This access to the city owes its name to the Tegurio river, now known as Lamone, which in ancient times flowed along this stretch of walls.

The gate was the main access to the monumental area of the city.

Given its size (about 5 metres) and the peculiar location, directly connected with the religious buildings of Santa Croce and San Vitale, it was one of the most ancient and important accesses to Ravenna during the Gothic and Byzantine age.

When Ravenna became the capital of the Western Roman Empire in 402 AD, emperor Honorius enlarged the first wall circuit, sacrificing much of the Republican plant built during the fight with Hannibal.

The gate, later renovated and modified, thus dates back to the important building activity of the 5th and 6th century AD – to which we owe the presence of the Unesco World Heritage monuments of the city.

Remains of the external arch, the bastions on each side and the basement of the quadrangular defensive tower looking towards via San Vitale.

Historical and legendary sources mention Porta Teguriense as the crossing point of the Heruli under the guidance of commander Odoacer, who on September 2nd 476 AD entered the city, sacked and conquered it.

A few days later, the Western Roman Emperor Romulus Augustulus abdicated in favour of the latter, thus ending over 1200 years of Roman dominion in Italy – the so-called Fall of the Western Roman Empire.

The structure, which is mostly underground, has recently undergone renovation works embedded in a large project of valorisation of the city walls of Ravenna.


The walls of Ravenna

The first perimeter, built during the fight with Hannibal, dates back to the Republican age (end of the 3rd century BC).

When Ravenna became the capital of the Western Roman Empire, in 402 AD, emperor Honorius decided to further enlarge the wall circuit, sacrificing much of the Republican one.

The walls performed a defensive function for centuries, not only from enemy armies, but also from criminals and – even if with a reduced effectiveness – from the floods caused by the Rocco and Montone rivers, before they were canalised into a new riverbed creating the Fiumi Uniti river.

The last repair works were carried out around 1778-1795, when with the Modern Age the idea of defense changed and the walls started to serve as an excite wall. The first dismantlements occurred after the realisation of the railway works in 1863. Other parts were demolished in 1920-21, in concomitance with the construction of the first Forum Boarium, such as the stretch of walls from the Church of the Torrione to Porta Adriana and later the one between Porta Gaza and Porta San Mamante.

Of the almost 5 kilometres of walls making up the longest wall circuit of the city, only 2,5 km of ancient walls and six gates are still visible today.

Further information

How to get there

Porta Teguriense is located along the stretch of the city walls leading from Porta Adriana to Porta Serrata, in correspondence with the current via San Vitale.

By car: paid parking area in Piazza Baracca and Piazzale Giustiniano. For more information on parkings, click HERE.

By bus: route no. 70, bus stop in Piazza Baracca. For more information:

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Last edit:12 April 2022

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