Planned by Ferrante Gonzaga on behalf of the Spanish crown, the second circuit of city walls was begun in 1549 and completed ... More
Porta Romana and Spanish Walls
Planned by Ferrante Gonzaga on behalf of the Spanish crown, the second circuit of city walls was begun in 1549 and completed in 1560. With respect to the Medieval walls, the new fortifications enclosed the new districts that had grown up around the radial streets. This basically military structure, one of the most powerful in Europe, consisted of massive curtain walls and fortified towers, while little emphasis was placed on ornamentation. One of the finest parts of the walls is the Porta Romana, designed by Aurelio Trezzi, in which the traditional form of the city gate is given a sober decorative treatment. From the 18th century, the walls began to be converted for uses differing to that of defense, and in the 19th century they were finally demolished to make room for new districts of bourgeois residential architecture.
Forming part of Florence's old 14th century fortifications, of which there are still solid traces, the two walls spread out
from the gate towards Piazza Tasso to the east and to the north west along the Viali dei Colli. ...
Once known as Porta Orientale, the Eastern Gate, in the Spanish city walls, these two buildings were made to a
design by Rodolfo Vantini from 1827 to 1828, following a competition launched to replace Piermarini's work that had been ...
This is a historical bar in Milan, the former after work bar of the ATM (Transit Commission) and then open
air dance hall in vogue in the 50s, the Ragno d'oro is enjoying a new season of great fascination. ...