Bologna is not only known as the home of Lamborghini. It is also the home of the Porticoes of Bologna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Emilia-Romagna, Italy, is not only known for its art in automotive form as the home of Lamborghini. It is also known for its architectural art, in the form of the Porticoes of Bologna in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Lamborghini, with its Sian pays homage to the UNESCO designation of the Porticoes of Bologna as sites of cultural and historical significance.
What are the Porticoes of Bologna?
A portico is a covered walkway with a roof supported by columns. In Bologna, Italy, they were first built in the 11th Century.
“Porticos are used as a public right-of-way, even though they were on private property.” According to historian Elena Bonesi, “every private building had to build a portico by law, but the passage area wasn’t their property, and at the same time, the owner had to maintain the portico, which is still the case today.”
By 1288, every new building was required to build a portico.
Porticos are not limited to only Bologna. They are throughout other Italian cities as well. What makes the Porticos of Bologna unique is just how prevalent they are. There are 62 kilometers of porticos.
Following years of campaigning by the city of Bologna, the region of Emilia-Romagna, and other stakeholders, UNESCO has designated the porticoes of Bologna as a World Heritage Site.
The Porticos of Bologna have made their way into historical popular culture and other forms of art. They are described in famous poems, songs, and novels: they range from the Alemanni’s oldest portico to the world’s longest portico, which leads to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca atop Colle Della Guardia and consists of 666 arches spanning 3796 meters.
Bologna’s porticoes are the 58th landmark globally to be recognized by UNESCO for cultural and social significance. After World War II, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded to promote peace through international collaboration in education, science, culture, communication, and information.
Lamborghini pays homage to UNESCO designated the Porticoes of Bologna a World Heritage Site
The Lamborghini Sián, a symbol of automotive avant-garde that unites the brand’s past, with its legendary V12 engine, future design, and technology found in the Sian’s hybrid engine with a supercapacitor, pays homage to the porticoes of Bologna.