Porta Aquila (Aquila Gate)

When the city walls were built in the 14th century, under the urban planning initiative of Cansignorio della Scala, the city was oriented along a main axis going from Porta Aquila to Porta Verona (two of the original three city gates).

The gate is composed of two main elements:

  • the tower, built at the same time as the city walls
  • the gate structure, built later

The whole building has been dug out, as can be seen by the different pattern in the wall at the base of the building, as well as by the height of the wooden door, which is noticeably higher than the current floor level.  Another structure is present in front of the gate, made up of two parts.  The eastern one is a containment wall for an earthen rampart, whereas the western one is now completely free standing.