Porticoes of Piazza Cavour
Historic Building in Bologna
If you’ve visited Bologna, you’ll surely recognize its distinctive porticoes. These covered walkways with stone entrance arches, vaulted ceilings, and marble floors are a prominent feature of the city. Originally designed to provide additional living space above ground level while preserving pedestrian areas (including space for horses in the past), the porticoes underwent a transformation from timber to stone or brick after a decree in 1568. While most porticoes are now made of durable materials, some medieval examples in wood still exist.
For an interesting display of various portico styles, take a stroll along Via Clavature. You’ll encounter a captivating sequence ranging from simple overhangs to ornate colonnades. In certain locations, such as Piazza Cavour, you’ll even find delicately painted ceilings adorning the porticoes. Don’t miss the widest portico in the city, located at the Santa Maria dei Servi church, which hosts a traditional Christmas market during the winter season.
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Visiting Porticoes of Piazza Cavour