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History and teachings
The serial property comprises twelve component parts consisting of ensembles of porticoes and their surrounding built areas, located within the Municipality of Bologna from the 12th century to the present. These portico ensembles are considered to be the most representative among city’s porticoes, which cover a total stretch of 62 km. Some of the porticoes are built of wood, others of stone or brick, as well as reinforced concrete, covering roads, squares, paths and walkways, either on one or both sides of a street. The porticoes are appreciated as sheltered walkways and prime locations for merchant activities. In the 20th century, the use of concrete allowed the replacement of the traditional vaulted arcades with new building possibilities and a new architectural language for the porticoes emerged, as exemplified in the Barca district. Together, 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.
The extent of the Bologna porticos make them quite unique in the world and in fact they have been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are a part of the city’s attractions. The covered walkways were built between 1200 and 1900 and an interesting way to learn about how this city has changed over time is to go on a Bologna Portico Walking Tour.
recommended for all; general; doesn’t require prior knowledge; accessible; affordable
Located in the centre of Bologna, North of Italy. Accessible by public trasportation; safety measures covered. Accessible for disabled.