Steps are wonderful expressions of the landscape. Cortona has a ramp and step street system. Ramps are generally not as visually interesting or evocative; they don’t invite the eye – and the spirit – as steps do.
While each set is different, there is a consistency of certain elements. The risers are generally 3″-4″, the treads, while varying in length, are generally sloped and made out of small stones.
That’s a small public space in the photo above. Almost too cute to believe.
This set definitely does not comply with the design dictum of never having a single step for safety sake. But the slope is such that the walker should expect a step and the riser is low enough that even if missed, the likelihood of a fall is low.