The Three Dors

Magliano in Toscana‘s beautiful city walls are breached by three ancient archways or “porte”. During the Middle Ages, these archways were blocked by drawbridges that protected the city from unfriendly advances.

Today they are simply a nostalgic way to enter Magliano in Toscana and each is accented by its own guard tower.

Obviously, the drawbridges have long since been removed, but the arches themselves remain as incredible reminders of the city’s venerable past.

Porta Nuova (above)

As its name suggests, this archway is part of the newer Sienese-built walls. Its fortified light-coloured stones are clearly distinguished from the faded and gap-strewn medieval sections.

This archway mimics the arches in Siena with their pointed peak and masonry blocks. Part of a smooth and round castle tower, the arch is crowned by a large machicolation through which stones were thrown in times of attack.

Porta San Giovanni
Next to this archway sits the best preserved of Magliano in Toscana’s three towers. On top of the tower is a triangular shaped crest depicting a lion and half-eagle, which belonged to the Aldobrandeschi.

On the archway itself is the emblem of the Compagnia S. Giovanni Battista – a lamb with a halo and banner. The archway is topped by sand-coloured stone turrets and almost covered by the vegetables and vines that belong to the picturesque stone houses in the adjacent lane.

Porta San Martino

Sitting at the end of a medieval road, Porta San Martino takes its name from the nearby church Chiesa di San Martino. This was once the gateway into the Maremman countryside and the view here is still amazing.

The archway was originally medieval but was rebuilt at the same time as the Sienese walls in the 15th century and is overshadowed by the last tower, which was most likely rebuilt by the Sienese.