In 536, he led his troops through the Porta Asinaria and retook Rome from the Ostrogoths. Belisarius succesfully defended the city from the Ostrogoths from 537-538. Despite this, the Ostrogoth king Totila was able to retake Rome a few years later.
According to a legend from the Middle Ages, Belisarius was blinded by Justinian and seen as a beggar at the Porta Pinciana in Rome. When questioned about his involvement, Justinian denied it, before abruptly changing the subject to the rebuilding of the Hagia Sophia.