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PORTA PIA
Image 1: View of the Porta Pia from the Porta Pia square
Porta Pia, a gate in the Aurelian Walls commissioned by Pius IV, was built between 1561 and 1564 by Michelangelo, not far from the place where the earlier Porta Nomentana was erected.
The gate, which faces towards the Nomentana Street, is a fortified structure made of bricks, encircled by an ornamental battlement which surrounds the courtyard. The exterior facade is composed of a triumphal arch with a single arched opening finished by Virginio Vespignani in 1869; the interior facade was commissioned by Pius IV as the background of the strada Pia (today known as XX Settembre street). This work, the last one of the great artist, is a transition between the late Renaissance and the Baroque style and it is characterized by an innovative concept of urban gate which unusually turns itself towards the inside.
On the right side of the gate (viewing from the outside of the walls) there is a marble and bronze monument which marks the area of the famous breach opened by artillery on september 20, 1870 that allowed the Bersaglieri soldiers to enter Rome, putting an end to the Pontifical States and completing the unification of Italy.
The building that joins the two entrances of the gate is now the seat of the Historic Museum of the Bersaglieri.
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