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Writer Polly Coles reads Walls, the third essay in her series about Italy’s public spaces, in which she explores the history and fundamental ambiguity in the idea of a city wall.

Writer Polly Coles reads Walls, the third of her essays about Italy’s public spaces, in which she explores the history and fundamental ambiguity in the idea of a city wall. Italy is a country that famously lives out of doors. Its public spaces are prized and replicated far beyond its borders, and the world flocks to partake of its vivid, shared life of piazzas, streets, seafront promenades, churches and market places. In this series, Polly looks at a variety of outdoor spaces in Italy, revealing them to be places of rich and ancient cultural diversity. 

This essay begins with the walls of Genoa, believed by some to be the second longest in the world, after the Great Wall of China.

Written and read by Polly Coles
Produced by Melanie Harris of Sparklab Productions

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