L'immagine di una città è fatta di tante cose: il suolo è una di queste.
Some look at the sky, I stare at the ground and sometimes I see jewels.
The image of the city is made by many different things; ground is among them.
First thing about Bologna is its porticoes. They are a distinctive character of old town streets and they have meant a lot about pavings: before asphalt - or macadam - was common, street pavings were seldomly good, but porticoes, so similar to private halls, gave a chance to unleash imagination.
|portico di via Montegrappa|
This sample is from a portico in via Montegrappa, it would look great in a palace and gives passersby a chance to have a lesson in paleontology.
Most streets are paved in asphalt with sidewalks of stone, but some streets in downtown are partially covered by red granite.
A street downtown pretends to be a Walk of Fame, placing a star for each jazzman who played in town. It is not an original idea, yet it is pretty nice.
This narrow road in the oldest part of the town display a nice use of stone brick: a grey protected path links the porticoes, on the right the carriage way has the same material than the little square on the left, but a different pattern, to mark the different use.
Paving should help disabled persons move freely. Here, in the main street of old town, blind path is made in stone, as the sidewalk.
This plastic blind path is a cheap but easy solution, applied in a busy street in the old town.
Another plastic blind path, terribly ugly and very slippery under the rain. This street is in the historical suburb.
|via Ugo Bassi/via San Gervasio|
A pedestrian crossing made by mosaic. Not all the crossing are so nice, unfortunately.
|piazza XX settembre|
La strada ha una pavimentazione in sanpietrini; una fascia di ciottoli disegna l'ingombro delle antiche mura.
Historical downtown is encircled by a large arterial street built on the old defense wall; the wall has been removed and nowadays only the doors remain. Porta Galliera, on the left in the photo, was one of the main doors, and it is still a main point, because is the nearest to the railway station and so it is the main entrance to the old town for train travellers.
Street is paved by cobblestones; a band of pebbles draws the old wall's footprint.