Arco Scoppa (Scoppa Arch), Ostuni

Arco Scoppa (Scoppa Arch), Ostuni

The Scoppa Arch is a captivating architectural gem that adds a unique touch to the city's historic center. While it differs in color from the characteristic white buildings of the city, it seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, standing as a testament to Ostuni's rich history and architectural diversity. This charming structure can be found in one of Ostuni's most enchanting squares, Largo Trinchera, serving as a picturesque frame for memorable selfies.

The Scoppa Arch serves as a vital connection between the Bishop's Palace and the Seminary, bridging the two buildings with a touch of elegance and historical significance. Positioned directly in front of the Ostuni Cathedral, it is an iconic landmark that beckons visitors and locals alike to explore its unique beauty.

Originally constructed from wood, the arch underwent a transformation in 1750 under the directive of Cardinal Stoppa. Recognizing the need for greater durability and stability, the decision was made to rebuild the arch using stone. Known simply as "the Loggia," this architectural wonder was inspired by the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice, adding a touch of Venetian charm to the heart of Ostuni.

One cannot help but be entranced by the Scoppa Arch's geometric elegance. Its design features a pediment that gives the impression of an immense cartouche adorned with a cherubic figure, as well as ornate volutes, shells, and torches that gracefully adorn and frame the upper portion of the arch. This intricate detailing contributes to the arch's aesthetic appeal and ensures it stands as one of the must-see attractions in Ostuni.

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Sight Name: Arco Scoppa (Scoppa Arch)
Sight Location: Ostuni, Italy (See walking tours in Ostuni)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles