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Making Sense Of Verona’s Walls And Fortifications

I love old walls. I’ve explored walled cities like Lucca and, outside of Italy, I’ve walked the whole 84 miles of England’s Hadrian’s Wall. So I was intrigued to discover that Verona’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site rested partly upon its walls and fortifications. I had to go and look for myself, but …

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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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