This is one of the typical porticoes of Bologna, which have a total length of around 40 Km.
Originally, the porticos were made of wood which later on had been replaced with brick.
Palazzo Isolani and Palazzo Grassi are typical existing examples of building that underwent enlargement.
Porticoes dominating in every street in downtown and if streched out in a straight line would measure over 40 kilometres in length. The walkways under the porticoes is what making Bologna to be unique.
Fondest memory: People began to build the characteristic Portici partly because the town was often devastated by wars and fights, so that being not able to live outside the walls, they would rather expand their houses, and partly because porticos would protect them from rain, snow and sun.
There is interesting storry and facts regarding portici of Bologna. The first officially documented porticoe dates from 1211, and since 1289 porticoes became a mandated feature for each new built house in the town.
The first picture shows so called "sporto", it is extended out of the main body of the building by two or three feets only, and it is the beginning of the porticoes.
The second picture shows wooden portico of Palazzo Seracchioli, which is located opposite to Palazzo Mercanzia. It is next evolution of porticoes.
The third picture shows well known portico Isolani, combined by wooden and brick pillars.
The fourth picture shows wooden sporto and portici in Via Clavature.
The last picture shows bricked porticoe, the last in line od graduating.
This gallery features traditional art, on sale are paintings and prints by native son Morandi; Italian modern master De Chirico; and foreigners Chagall and Magritte. This is a great place to go if you're looking to buy some excellent works of art.
Via Mascarela 116B
Bologna is probably the most important italian university city, so wander around Zamboni street and Belle arti street to meet a very intensive student life.
Everywhere there are messages of people looking for a place to sleep or people looking for someone to share their room with
Fondest memory: I wasn't lieing, the opening one and this pic of arcades are the only two shy attempts to shoot pics...