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Porta Venezia, Milan

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Porta Venezia is one of the historical gates of the city of Milan, Italy. In its present form, the gate dates back to the 19th century; nevertheless, its origins can traced back to the Medieval and even the Roman walls of the city.The name Porta Venezia is commonly used to refer both to the gate proper and to the surrounding district, part of the Zone 3 of Milan.NamingThe name "Porta Venezia" was formally given in 1862, possibly in the hope that Venice would soon join Milan in the newly born Kingdom of Italy. Previously, the gate was mostly called "Porta Orientale", with "Porta Renza" being another widely used name. This latter name has been consistently in use through the centuries; for example, it is referred to in Francesco Guicciardini's History of Italy, dating back to the mid-16th century, as well as in Giovanni Verga's works of the late 19th century, and is still remembered by the Milanese population today. Stendhal, who lived in Milan, uses a variation Porta Rense.The origin and meaning of former names of Porta Venezia are disputed. While "Porta Orientale" has an obvious meaning in Italian, this is partially inconsistent, as the gate faces north-east rather than east; Porta Vittoria would in fact be the truly "eastern" gate of Milan. Furthermore, it has to be noted that Milanese gates are not, in general, named after cardinal directions, but rather after the places they lead to. As a consequence, some scholars argue that "Porta Orientale" might actually be a corruption of "Porta Renza", rather than the other way round, as some have suggested.
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  • Home to the famous city gates dating back to the 19th century. Porta Venezia is accessible by the metro, it is at the top end of the famous Buenos Aires shopping centre, there are eateries galore with...  more »
  • That's 10 years have passed! As arriving in Milan for the week we 2-3 times a day pass by this interesting architectural constructions-gate! Yubileyno and sad that marginal personalities around buildings grow bigger every year! Especially on the right side of the Porta Venezia, where are charging electric cars, and moving to the Park Giardini Pubblici!
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  • Although situated at an intersection no traffic, at the beginning of Corso Buenos Aires, porta Venezia I don't think crazy face. A photo and go.
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  • this area is famous for shopping , having many international outlets for fashion accessories, try to walk through this street to find the shops.
  • I like this place & Corso Buenos Aires & the gardens around
  • Not the most beautiful but the most well keeped gate of the Milan's antique city. Good view from the roof.
  • Beautiful historic landmark, lots of bars and shops nearby.
  • One of the best and most important historic doors of the ancient city of Milan.

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