The Florentine Gates

The Florentine Gates

On RL 12681 Windsor Castle, dating from around 1515, Leonardo draws the city of Florence in a schematic, idealised form and indicates by name only 10 of the gates found in the city's second circle of walls, along with the Porticciola [little gate] del Prato di Ognissanti on the river.

  • Clockwise, starting from the course of the Arno, upstream of Florence, Leonardo indicates on RL 12681 (Windsor Castle), which represents in a schematized form the second city wall of the communal age, 5 doors still existing on the left bank of the Arno.

    "S. Nicholò": Porta San Niccolò • "Sanminiato": Porta San Miniato • "Giorgo": Porta San Giorgio • "Ghattolini": Porta Romana • "San Frediano": Porta San Frediano
  • Proceeding along the right bank of the Arno Leonardo draws along the city walls, other 5 doors in addition to the "Porticciola del Prato di Ognissanti" marked on the river. Only 3 of these doors have been preserved until today

    "Porta": Postierla del Prato • "Prato": Porta a Prato • "Faenza": Porta Faenza • "Ghallo": Porta San Gallo • "Pinti": Porta Fiesolana o a Pinti • "Giusstitia": Porta della Giustizia