A bit off the tourist trail, the Porta Maggiore is a must-see for visitors interested in Ancient Roman fortifications. Many sightseeing tours of Rome pass by the Porta Maggiore, but if you want to get up close you’ll most likely have to visit on your own.
Rome’s hop-on hop-off tour is a great way to see the city sights and in addition to stopping at major sights like the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain, the Santa Maria Maggiore stop will get you within a 15-to-20-minute walk of Porta Maggiore.
Things to know before you go
*A must-see for visitors interested in ancient Roman history, especially the walls and aqueducts of Rome. *The Porta Maggiore and Tomb of the Baker are free to visit. *Visit the Museo delle Mura to learn more about the construction of the Aurelian Walls. *A paved path runs near the Porta Maggiore, making it wheelchair and stroller accessible. Although you'll want to be mindful of the hectic traffic and oncoming trams.
How to get there
The Porta Maggiore is located in eastern Rome, 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) east of the Colosseum. Take tram lines 3, 5 or 14 to the Piazza Di Porta Maggiore stop and you’ll arrive right outside the gate. Alternatively, the Porta Maggiore is just a 20-minute walk from the Roma Termini, the main railway station in Rome.
When to get there
The Porta Maggiore is located in a public square so it is always open. Less visited than other Rome attractions, there is no best time to visit the gate. Peak season in Rome is from June through August, so visit outside that time to avoid the largest tourist crowds.
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