Porta Borsari, Verona
We were not looking for Borsari Gate in fact we did not even know it existed, but we stumbled upon it as we walked to Castelvecchio. The Borsari Gate was originally called the Lovia Gate. In Ancient Roman times this gate was the main entrance to Verona on the Postumia Road.
This Roman town gate is huge (in Roman ruin terms) and can be found at the western end of Corso Porta Borsari.
It dates from the first century AD, although there was almost certainly a previous gate on the spot.
The Porta Borsari was originally the city's main entrance. Made of local white limestone (which must have been a dazzling sight) it has two arches and, above those, two tiers of windows. There was originally an inner court as well, although this is long gone.
In Roman times the gate was called 'Porta Iovia', because of the temple of Jupiter nearby. The name 'borsari' comes from the Medieval 'bursars' who collected taxes and payments there.
I was much impressed both by its size and by the fact that it is still standing to its present height.
Porta Borsari is the original external facade of the ancient roman fortified main gate of the town. It was along the Postumia road that entered the city from SW.... in fact it is the actual Stradone Porta Palio and Corso Cavour... The original pavament of the road is still there... i saw it a few years ago during the last renovation of the actual street floor.
The gate dates back to 1st century BC, and was renovated a century later. The Via (road) Postumia entering the town from SW, once inside the gate, was also the main "decumanus" (or north-south axis of the orthogonal roman streets system), crossing the main "cardus" exactly at the actual south-west corner of Piazza Erbe (the ancient forum) from where you can still see both Porta Borsari and the remains of Porta Leoni (read other tip).
The actual name is medieval, from the "Bursarii" (borsa = bag) that collected taxes here.
The original name was "Porta Iovia" from the name of the god Jupiter, to whom was entitled a temple just outside of it, where the actual Via Adua leads to the river Adige.
Porta Bosari with two passageways The archway stands at the end of the Corsa and was the entry port during the roman period
The gate bears an inscription dating to 245 ac in which Verona is given it's roman name :
"COLONIA VERONA AUGUSTA "
Built around the middle of the 1st century AD and renovated according to the will of the Emperor Gallieno, the gate derives its name by the ”borsari“, the Roman tax collectors that collected the duties on the goods entering the town from the various entrances. However, it was originally called Porta Iovia, because of the nearby temple of Lustral Jupiter. In medieval times it was called Porta San Zeno before being known as it is today. The most important among the roads of the Roman network entered through this gate. Belonging to the first circle of walls, the gate still preserves the two arched entrances with columns, architraves and tympana, over which are located a double order of 12 windows. The architrave still has the inscription of the name given to the town under Roman domination: Colonia Augusta Verona.
This is the Roman city gate from 100 B.C. or so and has inspired later architects to build all the nice details on Verona's houses. Standing below it, it is difficult even for a European to take in how something so old can still be in daily use and look so good.
This archway stands at the end of Corso Porta Borsari, and was the decumano gate of the Roman city. All what was left of the gate today is facade, which faces towards Corso Cavour, as the building itself has now collapsed.
This remnant of Roman Verona is next in importance to the Amphitheatre and dates from the second half of the 1st century. The gateway, which formed part of the first circle of city walls, consists of the two original arches with their lintels, tympana, and columns, surmounted by a double row of windows. The decoration on these windows inspired the architects of the Renaissance period, from Sanmicheli onwards.
The gate bears an inscription dating to 245 A.D. in which Verona is given its Roman name: Colonia Verona Augusta.
These are also remains of a bigger structure like at Porta Leoni. Also built in the same Roman period 1st century B.C.
Porta Borsari is one of the many town gates in Verona. It is conveniently located along the way from Castelvecchio to Piazza delle Erbe.
Porta Borsari is one of the city gates dating back to Roman times. It was built in the year 80, restored in 265. Originally it was called "Porta di San Zeno".