A remote and somewhat less ancient past awaits visitors inside the historical museum of Porta San Sebastiano at the Aurelian Walls. The real name of the access was “Appia”, derived from the name of the important road on which it opened; it borrowed its name from the Christian martyr buried in the basilica of the same name, just outside the walls. The original form of the passage underwent many transformations throughout the centuries in time, and became the characteristic door of the fortress: for this reason, in 1939, the works were carried out in the internal spaces to adapt the rooms to the home and private study of the secretary of the fascist party Ettore Muti, who remained there until 1943.
After the Second World War, the Porta was reopened to the public by the City of Rome, creating a project for the construction of a real museum for the walls. Over the years, however, the realization of this project and the closure of the internal rooms destined for other uses, have been changed.
The Museum, as we know it today, was established in 1989 and, a year later, expanded with the educational set-up. The museum itinerary is divided into an ancient, medieval and modern section.
MUSEO DELLE MURA, Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 18. Admission: free. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed on Monday. Information: Tel. 060608.