Beautiful Porticoes of Bologna
Bologna is famous for its porticoes. The portico was used in Bologna since ancient times; it protected from the sun and the rain, and it created an extension of the house. Porticoes became compulsory with a statute in 1288, with the characteristics that they had to be built on private soil, but could be used by citizens.
The portico of Casa Isolani in Strada Maggiore has 9 meter high columns (or 29.5 feet). This is the original wooden portico of Palazzo Grassi. This small section of portico dates back to the 13th century. The very high oak beams bear the third floor of a palace.