LA DOTTA Drapperie
The history of Bologna is also the history of its craftsmen and merchants.
A ceaseless activity was expressed in ancient crafts that have now disappeared, but which, due to their importance, were called ‘Arts’ and were located in clear positions within the city.
Via Orefici and Via Drapperie are precisely two of the oldest and most important streets in Bologna and are located in the historical center of the city, a few steps from Piazza Maggiore.
Via Orefici was the street of jewelers, while Via Drapperie was the street of cloth merchants. Both streets were built in the Middle Ages and were important commercial centers for centuries.
Via Orefici was originally called ‘Via degli Orefici’ because this was where the goldsmiths’ workshops were located. The street was already important in the 12th century, when it was mentioned in a document from 1113. Over the centuries, Via Orefici became one of the most important streets in Bologna for buying jewellery.
Via Drapperie was originally called ‘Via delle Drapperie’ because this was where the cloth merchants’ workshops were located. The street was already important in the 12th century, when it was mentioned in a document from 1119. Over the centuries, Via Drapperie became one of the most important streets in Bologna for buying textiles.
Both streets have been important commercial centres for centuries and have contributed to making Bologna one of the richest and most prosperous cities in Italy. Today, Via Orefici and Via Drapperie are still lively and bustling streets, attracting visitors from all over the world.
In addition to their historical and commercial significance, Via Orefici and Via Drapperie are also important for their architecture. Both streets are lined with medieval and Renaissance buildings, which create a charming and romantic atmosphere.
Via Orefici and Via Drapperie are two of the most fascinating streets in Bologna. They are must-visits for anyone who wants to learn about the history and culture of the city.
“L’arte non è un mestiere, è la maniera in cui si esercita un mestiere.”