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Bologna’s town centre is traversed by 40 kilometres of covered walkways or porticoes. They provide a much-welcomed respite both from the fierce heat and from the drizzling rain, both of which we experienced on our trip. Many are beautifully decorated; some with the original materials they were built with several centuries ago.
Porticoes were widely used in the Middle Ages. Back then, the owners of private land sneakily tried to enlarge their buildings’ footprints by erecting these covered walkways on public land, then extending their upper storeys on top of these spaces. Bologna city officials quickly got wise to this, however, and made it compulsory for people to include porticoes on their private land in places where they were considered useful.
Popularised in John Grisham’s novel, The Broker, Bologna’s porticos are now a tourist attraction in and of themselves.
Related post – Cheap Eats: Osteria dell’Orsa in Bologna, Italy.
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