While I was studying in Bologna, I lived in an apartment on the second floor, and from the kitchen window I had an amazing view of the roofs of this lovely town. That is how I grew a passion for roofs.

 

Since immemorial time roofs have been built to protect from the atmospheric agents: wind, rain, snow, sun, etc.

 

The type of roof depends from the weather of the area where the building is. In Italy the weather conditions differ quite a lot from the South to the North, that is why you can find different roofs. I have collected a few pictures of what I consider the best roofs in Itay.

 

In the North, near the Alps, where it often snows and it rains a bit more than the South, you can find sloping roofs.

 

Village in South Tyrol
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In the South terraced roofs are more common.

 

Ostuni in Puglia, Apulia.
Ph. depositphoto.com/milla74

 

In Central Italy there are many medieval towns, whose view from above is quite spectacular:

 

Roofs in Fratta, Todi.
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Roofs in Siena.
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Green roofs are not very common in Italy, because a part from the South of Italy, there aren’t many terraced roofs. This is in Rome, though:

 

Green roof in Rome
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Special roofs in Italy

There are also some peculiar roofs around Italy.

 

The domes of St. Mark Cathedral in Venice.

 

St. Mark Cathedral, Venice.
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The conical roofs of the trulli in Puglia, made with limestone blocks:

 

Trulli in Alberobello.
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The Gothic Cathedral in Milan with its 135 spires:

 

The cathedral in Milan.
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You can also find some beautiful windows on the roofs of Italy. The below is Burano.

 

Burano. Ph. depositphoto.com/Malgorzata_Kistryn

 

And finally, my beloved Bologna.

 

Bologna. Ph. depositphoto.com/deltaoff

 

Aren’t these roofs enticing? They are so inviting that I would turn into a cat to jump from one roof to the other.

 

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