The porticoes ~ Reason #5 why I love Bologna
From Pomodoro Viaggi:
Bologna is a city of porticoes, holding the world record of 38 km through the historical center. These are most impressive in the 3.5 km portico of S. Luca (the longest in the world) the porticoes of the Certosa, those of Via Mazzini and those of modern Bologna.
The origin of the porticoes is not certain but they were developed mostly during the 1200s. In fact in 1288 the Commune of Bologna made it obligatory for anyone who built buildings in the city to build porticoes as well; moreover the porticoes had to be a minimum height of 2.66 m to allow the transit of people on horseback.
I found two more interesting links on the porticoes of Bologna: Italy, The Porticoes of Bologna and The Unesco World Heritage site on The Porticoes of Bologna.
I walked under the 666 portico arches that lead up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca last summer and posted photos of my walk and these amazing portico arches back in September, 2008. Here's the link to my post: my hike up to San Luca under the 666 portico arches.
Porticoes in Piazza Santo Stefano:
Porticoes in Piazza Maggiore
More porticoes in Bologna: