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Address: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
Zone: Rione Esquilino (Termini-Via Nazionale) (Roma centro)
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Telephone booking: 060608 tutti i giorni ore 9.00-19.00

Opening times

Open to organized groups by reservation only.
Max 25 visitors.
Open to single visitors without guided tour on Wednesday 8 December.
Reservation required at 060608

Disabled people Access - services available:
partially accessible entrance - no lift
partially accessible toilet - only in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II


Regular Tickets:  
Adults: € 4,00;
Concessions: € 3,00;

Please note: the price of the ticket does not include guided tours organized by Cultural Associations.

Phone Booking required
Groups and schools: tel. 0039 060608 (daily from 9.00 to 19.00)


The Porta Magica (Magic Gate), also known as the Porta Alchemica (Alchemic Gate), is a monument built between 1655 and 1680 by Massimiliano Palombara, Marquis of Pietraforte (1614-1680) in his residence, Villa Palombara, which stood on the Esquiline Hill in a position almost corresponding to today's Piazza Vittorio, where it is now located. Unfortunately Villa Palombara was completely demolished in the second half of the 19th century, when the new district was built.

The Porta Alchemica is the only surviving gate of the five gates of Villa Palombara. During the 20th century it was moved slightly from its original position, and placed behind the imposing ruins of the nymphaeum, enclosed with a metal gate.
It consists of a small doorway, now walled up, surrounded by a white stone jamb covered with alchemical symbols, and flanked by two statues, not belonging to Villa Palombara but coming from the Quirinal Hill and placed here during the opening works of Piazza Vittorio in 1888, representing the god Bes.

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Culture and leisure › Cultural heritage › Archaeological heritage
Last checked: 2021-10-20 8:43