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Porta San Nicolò Hitching Posts - Florence, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
N 43° 45.864 E 011° 15.899
32T E 682312 N 4848199
Quick Description: These Hitching Posts are located in the Porta San Nicolò that is one of the doors of the ancient outer wall of the city of Florence.
Location: Toscana, Italy
Date Posted: 10/31/2013 11:21:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMJCVF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 7

Long Description:
These Hitching Posts are located in the Porta San Nicolò that is one of the doors of the ancient outer wall of the city of Florence. There are about 7 on each side of the door.

"The door of St. Nicolas (Porta San Nicolò) forms one of the ancient entry points to Florence, when the city was protected from attacks by an imposing outer wall. As little remains of the city's historic walls today, these doors, standing alone, are referred to as towers (Torre).

Torre San Nicolò's name comes from the zone of Florence by the same name, where the tower is positioned. A distinguishing feature of the San Nicolò tower is that it is the only one not to have been lowered in height during the 1500s. Because of this it's the only door in Florence that can give you a real sense of what it must have been like to arrive at the gates of the city, as a visitor in medieval times.

Directly behind the tower of St. Nicolas you can find the ramp of Poggi, an architectural feature designed by Giuseppe Poggi, to allow people to arrive at Piazzale Michelangelo by foot. If you choose to look out across the Arno, you will be able to see another of the remaining towers, Porta Zecca."
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