A loggia is a roofed porch, gallery, or hall open to the outside
air on one or more sides.
Loggias evolved in the Mediterranean region as open sitting
rooms that offered protection from the sun. During the Italian
Renaissance (roughly 1350-1600), a loggia was considered an
essential element of a proper villa.
While loggias may be constructed on the ground level of a
structure, they’re usually found on upper stories.