Porta Camollia is one of the most beautiful gates of Siena and once you enter, you will be in the historical center.
It takes its name from Camulio, the leader sent in the 8th century a.c. from Romulus to fight the capture of grandchildren Aschio and Senio .
It was precisely in this place that Camulio installed his camp and that is why the Porta exactly takes its name.
Porta Camollia, being the first door for those arriving from the city of Florence, was also naturally the most equipped militarily, the most defended in absolute, the most decisive.
The first fortification dates back to 1082 but the current door in its architectural form dates back to 1604 following the project by Alessandro Casolani.
The door was later decorated by Domenico Cafaggi.
The most exciting detail of the door is undoubtedly the inscription on the outside of the arc and that reads “Cor magis tibi sena pandit” which means “Siena opens a bigger heart”, dedicated to who crossed the gate.
The inscription was created to honor the entry into the city of Ferdinand 1 of the Medici who was the Grand Duke of Tuscany.
In front of Porta Camollia, less than 360 meters there is the Antiporto of Camollia, a further defense against the Florentines, but already since 1141 they sacked the city for three consecutive days.
They tried again in 1230 but Porta Camollia and all of Siena kept to be partially destroyed by the siege of 1554-1555.
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