Saint Andrew’s Gate (or Talassese Gate)

Saint Andrew’s Gate is one of three gates in Arcidosso’s walls giving access to the village, part of a defensive system which dates back to the 11th century. The walls originally included a bridge over Arcidosso stream, which has since fallen down and lies buried, and an anti-port, which no longer exists, from where it was possible to reach the entrance gate that leads onto Borgo Talassese. The simplicity of the original gate structure, consisting of a round arch in trachyte ashlars and moulded shelves, has been preserved. The fornix is ​​surmounted by the black and white coat of arms of the Republic of Siena and, inside the gate on the right, the ancient guardhouse is still visible.