architecture

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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Exploring Palladio’s Vicenza: A World Heritage Site

Even among Italian cities, Vicenza is special. Not just a handful of spectacular buildings, but a whole town of them, many of them designed by one man: Andrea Palladio. Today Palladio’s Vicenza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a tribute to his creations and his architectural legacy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site As I walked …

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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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