Look! The Porticoes of Bologna

Look! The Porticoes of Bologna

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Rachael Grad
Aug 28, 2008

The porticoes (covered walkway arcades) of Bologna have been used for over 1,000 years to protect pedestrians from rain, snow and sun. The porticoes have become part of the city's planning and are Bologna's distinctive architectural trait. Bologna, unlike other medieval cities, made its porticoes mandatory for all streets useful to the public. The law passed in 1288 is still in place, which means new buildings, every those built for private use, must incorporate porticoes for public use. More photos and info below the jump...

Some wood porticoes still remain from the 1300's, but as of 1567 all new Bologna porticoes were required to be made from stone. The styles of the porticoes vary, reflecting the time they were built and the architects (many famous) who designed them.

For more information on Bologna's porticoes, see the Unesco World Heritage website.

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