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The arcades of Bologna

Hotel Corona D'Oro | I portici di Bologna

 

The arcades of Bologna Unesco heritage:

Along with the typical towers and the famous red roofs of the city of Bologna, there is something that is in the hearts of the citizens of Bologna and, finally, is recognized by the whole world: our wonderful arcades have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
There is no other city that has the same number of arcades as Bologna, this fabulous architectural work is 38 kilometers long only in the historic center and reaches 53 kilometers if we take into account those outside the city.
 

A story that comes from afar...

The birth of the arcades of Bologna can be traced back to the early Middle Ages and has something curious, it is not in fact a work born for military or urban purposes but as self-management of the inhabitants of the city for the need to "enlarge" their living spaces. They used to increase the size of their houses in height as the family grew and it was necessary at some point to build columns to support the houses. This solution had innumerable advantages: the porticoes allowed the citizens to defend themselves from the rain or from the hot summer sun and above all to let the goods pass under any weather conditions, far from the dirt that was usual to find on the streets. Moreover, local craftsmen could benefit from a well ventilated, bright and sheltered place, better than the first floors they were used to and which often hosted their stores.

 

Expansion in the 300s

But how did such an enormous expansion of the portico come about that it reached 53 kilometers? At the beginning of the 1300s, Bologna's great fame as the "capital of culture" (a magnet for students and intellectuals from all over Europe) combined with immigration from the countryside to the city, led local administrators to regulate urban development and establish that all newly built houses should have a portico at their entrance, to facilitate the transit of the ever increasing number of people.
 

Now an international tourist destination

Con il passare dei secoli quest’opera è diventata un simbolo di sinergia tra gli abitanti e la città e tra la città e i meravigliosi Colli Bolognesi, tra i quali Bologna ha avuto la fortuna di sorgere. Tipico è infatti è il cammino di San Luca, che dalla città accompagna i turisti sotto il portico più lungo del mondo fino al Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, in un dedalo di percorsi affascinanti.
I portici di Bologna, nati per necessità, sono ora meta turistica internazionale e da poco entrati nella lista dei Patrimoni dell’umanità UNESCO! Per la città per tutto lo staff dell’Hotel Corona D’Oro è un’enorme soddisfazione, il nostro legame con Bologna è forte ed è magnifico vedere riconosciuto internazionalmente ciò a cui siamo così affezionati.
Per il tuo prossimo viaggio fatti ammaliare dalla cultura e dal fascino di una città così ricca di storia, vieni a scoprire la splendida Bologna!