Porta Camollia is one of the oldest gates in Siena and one of the most highly-defended ones, being on the road that connects Siena to Florence. The gate gets its name from the commander, Camulio, who, according to legend, encamped in that area when he was sent by Romulus to capture his nephews, Aschius and Senius.
Inserted in the stretch of city walls that date back to the second half of 12th century, the gate we see today is a reconstruction from the early 17th century, following the demolition of the original gate that had been heavily damaged during the siege of 1555.
The current gate, built based on o Casolani's design, has completely different characteristics than those of the other city gates: grandeur and elegance prevail over strength and defence. On the arch, a sculpted inscription welcomes strangers entering Siena from the north.