Italy Portici of Via Farini

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Sue Wolfe

About this spot
The “City of Porticoes” is home to 40 kilometers (25 miles) of covered passageways. Used to protect the public from sun and rain, they were an extension of the home. They became so popular in Bologna that a law was passed in 1288 requiring all new buildings to include them in their construction.

While I found all the porticoes beautiful, they are not all created equal. Wealthy families competed for the tallest tower in town, and the porticoes were no exception to this friendly competition. They took great pride in creating the most ornate entrance—with marble flooring, wonderful frescoes, and tilework taking their front porch to a new level.

In 2021, UNESCO declared twelve of the porticoes and their surrounding areas as World Heritage sites due to their cultural and artistic significance.

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