Taking a jog or on your way to work, you will surely spot a loggia, an architectural feature that has remained with us over the years. Throughout time the loggia has remained popular because of its distinguished appearance and several uses.
According to the Britannica Encyclopedia
“A loggia, room, hall, gallery, or porch open to the air on one or more sides; it evolved in the Mediterranean region, where an open sitting room with protection from the sun was desirable. Ancient Egyptian houses often had a loggia on their roofs or an interior loggia facing upon a court.
In medieval and Renaissance Italy the loggia was often used in conjunction with a public square, as in the Loggia dei Lanzi (begun 1376) in Florence by Benci di Cione and Simone di Francesco. The loggia was also an essential feature of a villa and often had outstanding decoration—e.g., the frescoes of Raphael in the Villa Farnesina loggia at Rome.”
Here are few exciting examples:
loggia (architecture) — Encyclopedia Britannica. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/346169/loggia
Loggia dei Lanzi: an open-air museum in Florence | TuscanyArts – The History and the future of the arts in Tuscany. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/allthingstuscany/tuscanyarts/loggia-dei-lanzi-open-air-museum-in-florence/