Sunday, 15 April 2012

Piazzale di Porta Romana - Florence

Porta Romana (Roman Gate) is the best preserved of the old gates of Florence (Firenze). It formed part of the southern walls around the city and through it passes the Via Romana which leads south to Rome. The gatehouse was built in 1326. In the arch above it, visible when heading south our of the city, is a 14th Florentine style fresco by Franciabigio called 'Madonna and Child and Four Saints'.

In the middle of Piazzale de Porta Romana, the large road junction just outside the gate, stands 'Dietrofront' by Michelangelo Pistoletto, an enormous statue of a woman heading south carrying something on her head.

The Piazzale is at the southern entrance to the Giardino di Bobou (Gardens of Bobou) which are associated with the nearby Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace), one of the top attractions in Florence. Also nearby is the Istituto d'Arte of Florence and Chiesa di San Pier Gattolino.

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