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Ancona: Porta Pia

The magnificent arch before us was built at the end of the eighteenth century in honour of Pope Pius VI, from whom it takes its name. Porta Pia is the last of the great celebratory gates of the city, the first of which is the Arco di Traiano. Around us stands the great machine of the modern port, still ideally dominated by the Mole Vanvitelliana, the pentagonal fortress that can be reached beyond the gate.