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Arcaded Porticoes

Bologna’s famous landmark, the covered arcaded walkways or the Porticoes, which stretch for more than 40 kilometres around the centre of Bologna. The covered porticoes of different age and style are the result of nine centuries of urban planning. It makes Bologna a unique landscape to walk day and night.

The portico of St. Luca, 3.8 km long, consists of 666 arches and 15 chapels, leading to the Sanctuary of San Luca, pearching on the hilltop.

The Porticoes are now in the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Will the porticoes of Bologna be Italy’s next Unesco World Heritage site?

Piazza Maggiore

Spend some time lingering in Piazza Maggiore, located in the city’s old center, Bologna’s beating heart. A classic example of Renaissance town planning, it is one of the most graceful public squares in Italy.

The square is surrounded by the unfinished Basilica di San Petronio, the Palazzo Communale (city hall) , the handsome Fountain of Neptune, sculpted in 1566 and the iconic two towers that lean in a different direction.

The Two Towers of  Bologna 

The two leaning towers, Garisenda and Asinelli,  the traditional symbol of Bologna, are both named the noble families in Bologna.  In the late 12th century, at least one hundred towers dotted the town's skyline, but today only twenty have survived the ravages of fire, warfare and lightning. Asinelli Tower is the town’s tallest. It is possible to climb 498 steps up to the top,  to enjoy great epic views over the city.

Sanctuary of San Luca

The Sanctuary is situated on top of a hill, offering a splendid panoramic view of the city. The highlight is getting there on a 50-minute walk from the center Portico San Luca, starting from Porta Saragozza, under the 666 arches and passing 15 chapels, 3,8 km long , the longest in the world. The route is flat until the Arco del Meloncello, it climbs uphill. It sounds challenging, but the reward is astounding!


费拉拉小镇, 一个位于意大利北部,繁荣的小镇。它既是一个集贸小镇,也是一个有名的大学城。小镇有着丰富多彩的历史及无数宝藏。城镇的南端是保存完好的中世纪小镇,北面是长且宽的大街,两旁是文艺复兴时期的宫殿和精心管理的花园。1995-1999年,费拉拉整个城被联合国教科文组织列为世界遗产:费拉拉,文艺复兴时期的城市。



文艺复兴城市费拉拉位于意大利伊米利亚地区的东北部,在波伦亚和帕多瓦之间,位于波河河谷下游,巨大的波河三角洲上游。费拉拉建立于公元前6至7世纪,历史上是文化和艺术中心,现为费拉拉省的首府。1995年根据文化遗产遴选依据标准, 被联合国教科文组织世界遗产委员会批准作为文化遗产列入《世界遗产名录》;1999年,波河三角洲作为文化遗产列入《世界遗产名录》。

These Delizie Estensi or villas includes:

  • Castle of Mesola- open to public

  • Delizia del Verginese in Gambulaga of Portomaggiore - open to public

  • Delizia di Belriguardo in Voghiera - open to public

  • Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara - currently closed for restoration

  • Villa della Mensa in Copparo - currently closed for restoration

  • Pio Palace in Tresigallo - currently closed for restoration

  • Delizia di Benvignante in Argenta - not open to public

  • Delizia di Zenzalino- not open to public

  • Delizia di  Fossadalbero - not open to public

  • Delizia della Diamantina in Vigarano - not open to public