Porta Lame, city gate

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Porta Lame, city gate, Bologna, Italy
Porta Lame Maretta Angelini, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Porta Lame, city gate, Bologna, Italy
Porta Lame Maretta Angelini, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Located northwest of the historic center of Bologna, Porta Lame was, together with the other 12 gates, one of the entrances to the third wall of the city.

Also called the “circla”, the medieval wall was demolished in the early twentieth century.

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The Gate in a Nutshell

The gate was entirely rebuilt between 1674 and 1677, in Baroque style, on an ancient medieval tower. The square on which it stands was renamed Piazza 7 November 1944, in memory of the battle of Porta Lame, one of the bloodiest clashes between partisans and Nazi-fascists that took place during the Second World War.

The current state is the result of the restoration works that involved it, together with the other gates of the city, between 2007 and 2009.

The two bronze statues outside, the partisan and the partisan, were created by the artist Luciano Minguzzi in 1946 and initially placed in the Montagnola garden next to the monument of the 1848 revolutionary uprisings.


Points of interest nearby

Going along the road SS64 and the roundabout you can see Porta Lame, today Piazza VII Novembre 1944. From the square you enter the district of the same name, incorporated in the mid-80s into the larger Navile district.

The suggestive tower in sumptuous Baroque style houses the speleological museum named after Luigi Fantini, founder of the historic Bolognese speleological group. Together with the rich mineralogical exhibition, the museum houses a well-stocked library containing about 9,000 volumes and an impressive photographic archive documenting the rich speleological heritage of the area.

At about 350 m, passing through what was once the port and the customs office, it is possible to visit the MAMbo, the modern art museum of Bologna. A short distance away we find the John Klemen gardens and the Cavaticcio where it is possible to walk in the greenery and stop for a relaxing break, during the summer these green areas are often the venue for events.

For lovers of auteur cinema, a few meters away is the Cinema Lumière, famous for showing first-run European art-house films and historical films.

A short distance from the 11 Settembre Municipal Park, we find the Cineteca di Bologna, considered one of the most important in Europe and organizes events and festivals of international interest.

Through via delle Lame, continuing along via San Felice, it is possible to reach Palazzo Pallavicini. Built in the Renaissance style, the palace is home to the Art Museum and hosts various traveling exhibitions. Continuing for a hundred meters you arrive in via Ugo Bassi, where you can visit the historic Mercato delle Erbe.

Its singular architecture inaugurated in 1949, was built over the devastation caused by the war and is today the largest covered market located in the historic center of Bologna.


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Ivan Agolino
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