A loggia ( /ˈlɒdʒiə/ or /ˈloʊdʒə/; Italian: [ˈlɔddʒa]) is an architectural feature which is a covered exterior gallery or corridor usually on an upper level, or sometimes ground level. The outer wall is open to the elements, usually supported by a series of columns or arches. Loggias can be located either on the front or side of a building and are not meant for entrance but as an out-of-door sitting room.[1][2][3]

From the early Middle Ages, nearly every Italian comune had an open arched loggia in its main square which served as a "symbol of communal justice and government and as a stage for civic ceremony".[4]

The Renaissance three-storey arcade loggia of the City Hall in Poznań served representative and communication purposes.
Palladio Villa Godi
Villa Godi by Palladio. The portico is the focal point in the center with loggias used at each side of the structure as a corridor.

Definition of the Roman loggia

The main difference between a loggia and a portico is the role within the functional layout of the building. The portico allows entrance to the inside from the exterior and can be found on vernacular and small scale buildings. The loggia is accessed only from inside and intended as a place for leisure. Thus, it is found mainly on noble residences and public buildings. A classic use of both is that represented in the Mosaics of Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo of the Royal Palace.

Loggias differ from verandas in that they are more architectural, and, in form, are part of the main edifice in which they are located, while verandas are roofed structures attached on the outside of the main building.[1][5] A "double loggia" occurs when a loggia is located on an upper floor level above a loggia on the floor beneath.


10 2014 Trento-Castello Buonconsiglio-panorama Loggia veneziana gotica-Col Castion, Doss Trento, Mausoleo Cesare Battisti, Monte Soprasasso, Monte Terlago-ITALY- K-5 II -Tamron AF 17-50mm F2.8-photo Paolo Villa

The Venetian Gothic Loggia of the Buonconsiglio Castle Trento Italy.

Edificio La Inmobiliaria (loggia)

The loggia of the Edificio La Inmobiliaria in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


A mosaic found in the chapel of the 6th-century Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy depicts a loggia.

2014 02 13 14 09 50 Milano ITALY Pinacoteca di Brera loggia e colonnato del cortile Courtyard photo Paolo Villa FOTO3968

Loggia shape serliana, Palazzo di Brera in Milan, Italy

See also


  1. ^ a b "Definition of Loggia". Lexic.us. Retrieved on 2014-10-24.
  2. ^ "Loggia". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved on 2014-10-24.
  3. ^ "loggia". Merriam-Webster Disctionary Online. Retrieved on 2014-10-24.
  4. ^ Ackerman, James S. (1966). Palladio. Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 120.
  5. ^ "Veranda". Merriam-Webster Disctionary Online. Retrieved on 2014-10-24.
  6. ^ Vasilakis, Antonis. Phaistos. Vasilis Kouvidis - Vasilis Manouras Editions, Iraklio, p. 118 ISBN 960-86623-6-2


  • Curl, James Stevens (2006). A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (paperback) (Second ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 880. ISBN 0-19-860678-8.

External links

  • The dictionary definition of loggia at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Loggias at Wikimedia Commons

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