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Admiring The Architecture Of The Galleria Umberto I, Naples

Unlike Milan, Naples is not renowned for fashion or shopping. And shopping malls are not normally high on my list of places to visit. So why did I want to visit the Galleria Umberto I in Naples? And what is remarkable about this 19th century arcade? The Risanamento In Naples Of course, this being Naples, …

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The Portico Di San Luca, Bologna: The Longest Arcade In The World?

Bologna’s arcades (also known as porticos) are a feature of the city. These covered walkways, often dating from the Middle Ages, provided protection from the extremes of weather, whether sun, wind or rain. The most famous is the Portico di San Luca, which is possibly the longest arcade in the world. Roofed Arcade Of The …

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Byzantine Mosaics Of Ravenna

The Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna, in northern Italy, are a major tourist attraction. Spread across eight buildings from the early Christian period, these magnificent artworks are now part of one of Emilia-Romagna’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Early Christianity In Ravenna Ravenna played a crucial part in western civilisation during the 5th and 6th centuries, first …

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