The Porticoes of Bologna

The Porticoes of Bologna is part of the Tentative list of Italy in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Czechia - 16-Jun-19 -

The Porticoes of Bologna (T) by Matejicek

Bologna is very interesting town, and it reminds me a blend of Milan and Florence. The Piazza Maggiore with all the historical buildings with S Petronio basilica and Fountain of Nettuno is worth visiting and seeing. Other nice places of quite large center of Bologna are the area around the towers – Torre degli Asinelli, the University area and the churches of S Stefano, S Domenigo and S Francesco.

However, the feature nominated for inscription is not historical center of Bologna but its Porticoes. They are almost everywhere in the center. They are of diverse age, size, shape, color, material and style. The most interesting examples can be found around Torre degli Asinelli, around S Stefano, in Strada Maggiore and also directly in the Piazza Maggiore and the Quadrilatero district, but I do not know what exactly is nominated as TWHS. However, the world longest porticoes, which is mentioned in the nomination indeed, is located outside the historical walls of Bologna: It starts just behind the Porta Saragozza and goes ca. 3.5 km towards Basilica Madonna di San Luca, which is located on the top of green hill that is nicely visible from train in direction to Modena. The portico is merged with houses, of course, in the part closer to town, but it is a free-standing structure once it goes uphill to the Basilica. I must say I was not such an enthusiast to follow it and reach the sanctuary. It was quite hot day in June. I wanted spend my time in the city center and not walking in this very long but austere structure. Photo: the beginning of this world longest Porticoes. I would expect that it is pretty the same during all 3500 meters.

Even though I liked Bologna and all the Porticoes were quite nice and interesting, I am not sure if they have any OUV. My opinion is that the measures like length or age of anything should not justify the inscription. Furthermore, you can find porticoes in many more cities all around the world and even in Emilia region (Modena, Ferrara).

John S.

USA - 01-Jul-11 -

The porticoes themselves are not amazing...just long arcades sheltering sidewalks. But as the home of the oldest university in the world, shouldn't this beautiful and amazing city be recognized for that instead?

Full Name
The Porticoes of Bologna
Nominated for
2006 Revision

Formerly on Tentative List as Historic Center of Bologna (1996)

2006 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: The Porticoes of Bologna

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The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
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