What is a loggia? The Italian word for "lodge," loggia is a covered space running along the length of a building similar to a porch, but with columns or arches on the open side. Loggias have been incorporated into palaces, museums, and other grand buildings for thousands of years, particularly in Italy, Greece, and Spain.
A porch can do all of what a portico can plus give you valuable outdoor living space. Porches serve a social purpose and provides your family with an outdoor living area. They can also provides a covered pathway from your driveway to the front door by adding stairs to the side of the porch.