Between Rome and the Sea: Ancient and Recent Gateways to the Eternal City


  • Lina Malfona School of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy



Rome, Urban Planning, Urban Spaces, Urban Design, Trajan’s Port, Shinkel, Libera, Aymonino, Ligorio


While traveling through the flat expanse stretching over its southwestern area, it is possible to see the unusual image of Rome as a city that overlooks the sea. In this area, rich of landfalls, many buildings act as gateways, some of which of international relevance, such as the “Leonardo da Vinci” intercontinental airport. Others accesses are only imagined by architects, from Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Laurentinum – his reconstruction of Plinius’s Villa – to Adalberto Libera’s projects both for the seafront of Castel Fusano and for the Gateway to Sea. Over all, the ancient seaport of Rome is a potential engine of development and at the same time a symbol of historical memory. A perfect geometrical shape, the hexagonal port’s basin seems to imitate the planimetric shape of Rome’s historical centre that, through a translation of meaning, is cast toward the sea, in a sense prefiguring its destiny.




How to Cite

Malfona, Lina. 2016. “Between Rome and the Sea: Ancient and Recent Gateways to the Eternal City”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 13 (1):46-61.