The Portici of Bologna

The Porticoes of Bologna are an important cultural and architectural heritage of Bologna and represent a symbol of the city. No other city in the world has as many porticoes as Bologna. They cover more than 38 kilometres only in the historic centre. They reach up to 53 kilometres if those outside the mediaeval city walls are also considered.

The success of the arcades was determined by the need to cope with the strong increase in students and scholars. The expansion of the porticoes began in 1288. When a notice from the local municipality established that all new houses had to be built with a portico. During all the Middle Ages, the arcades were made of wood. Then, following a decree issued on 26 March 1568, they were rebuilt with bricks or stones. Despite this, some buildings with wooden porticoes still survive today, like those in via Marsala or in Corte Isolani.

In the 20th century, the use of concrete allowed the replacement of the traditional vaulted arcades with new building possibilities. A new architectural language for the porticoes emerged, as exemplified in the Barca district. The selected porticoes reflect different typologies, urban and social functions and chronological phases. Defined as private property for public use, the porticoes have become an expression and element of Bologna’s urban identity.

Since 2021 the porticoes of Bologna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What is a common cuisine commodity from Bologna?

The cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna region is one of the best in Italy and some of Italy’s most famous foods come from this region. Handmade egg pasta and stuffed pasta, especially tortellini, are specialties of Bologna and, of course, there is the famous Ragu alla Bolognese, a long cooked meat sauce.

Here is some reasons why you should visit the Porticoes on your group tour:

  • It is the perfect location for a day excursion.
  • It’s rich in history and culture.
  • You will be able to visit stunning churches like San Domenico Basilica. Which has a Michelangelo statue and a piano used by Mozart during his time studying in Italy.
  • You can climb 498 steps to reach the top of the 12th century Asinelli Tower. Which offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside.

After, you will be able to say that you were at the world’s longest Portico.

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