Casa Isolani

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Casa Isolani
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,116 contributions
Takes you back in time
Aug 2020
In Piazza San Francesco, you can find this really peculiar house which architecture takes you back in time.
Written September 12, 2020
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tdhat
Flower Mound, TX808 contributions
Very cool old architecture
Feb 2020
really cool to see that this old wood is holding up. the crowds around taking pictures make this a stop you should see.
Written March 9, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,634 contributions
House with a Mystery
May 2019
This is one of the best examples of a medieval portico. I found it quite incredible to be standing in front of a house which was built around 1245. If you cross the road, you can better see how the third level sticks, supported by really tall, 9m high oak columns. It looks quite unwieldy.
The porticoes are such a unique and distinctive feature of Bologna. However their existence is more accidental than deliberately planned. It seems that they were basically a by-product of people trying to find the loophole and get around building rules and regulations. Having pretty restrictive building codes where we live, it amused us to think that some things never change. Unable to from build higher and unable to expand the building’s footprint, people started extending the top floor outwards. As the extensions became bigger, people started adding supporting poles to prop the expanding top floor up, creating the porticoes beneath. By 1288, the city decided enough was enough and clamped down on the unauthorised building work. But (and this is where they were clever), instead of making everyone tear down the illegal structures, they just made everyone to build the portico out of masonry and they set exact heights and width so that the porticoes were was tall enough and wide enough for a man on a horse to pass by. As a result of their foresight, we now have almost 40km of wonderful porticoes throughout Bologna.
DON’T MISS: A most peculiar feature of the house is the 3 arrows stuck in the ceiling of the portico. Nobody knows how and why they are there but the most popular story is that a jealous husband sent 3 men to kill his wife. When they got there, she was in the window naked, which completely distracted the men and their arrows missed her and went into the roof instead.
Written December 15, 2019
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bas t
Brussels, Belgium1,882 contributions
small visit
Oct 2019
its a short visit but one thats Worth the time as you can see how bologna would have look in the days of old and of course there is the story of the 3 archers
Written November 1, 2019
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Angelo S
Hilliard, OH2,402 contributions
Excellent Example of Early Bologna Portico
Sep 2019
An excellent look into the past of hoe the porticoes of Bologna came about. I am not sure it is the absolute oldest, but it is beautiful in its age. Take some time to study and then enjoy a small respite inside.
Written October 29, 2019
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john b
Valparaiso, IN772 contributions
Amazing...looks like a thousand years old
Oct 2019
Being in Construction I was so impressed with this structure. It looks so old that we just kept walking back and forth in front of it.
I loved walking around Bologna...
Written October 16, 2019
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Katrina B
Warrnambool, Australia390 contributions
A great find
Jul 2019 • Couples
We stumbled across this attraction when exploring the streets of Bologna. It was great to see such an old building wonderfully restored. Close by are some great restaurants that are reasonably priced.
Written July 31, 2019
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Mikki47
Bude, UK19 contributions
Quiet place for drinks
Mar 2019 • Friends
Stopped in the caffee for drinks after a day of sightseeing. Friendly staff and inexpensive drinks and snacks. A little gem!
Written March 12, 2019
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Lanchester71
London174 contributions
A Little Gem
Mar 2019 • Couples
You cannot better the location. Right in the centre but in a quiet square. 5 minutes from the two towers and the main square. No reception but Nicole was great meeting us there, explaining how everything worked and where we should eat. Central room where you eat and cake, fruit, teas and coffees are available 24/7. Nice big bedroom and en suite but keep your heads down otherwise you hit the beams in this B&B converted from a 13th century palace. Interesting breakfast which is varied each day.
Written March 7, 2019
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TOKUGAWA54
Bensenville, IL51 contributions
INTERESTING
Nov 2018 • Family
Is very interesting place looking up for the three arrows in the ceiling of the old building. but now a lot of stores and curious buildings to see
Written November 22, 2018
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