Piazza Galvani is beautiful city square situated right behind the Basilica of San Petronio. In medieval times it was called Pavaglione, which comes from a dialect word "pavaglio", with which people would refer to the lucrative cocoon market. The statue to Luigi Galvani, first man to conduct studies on electicity, stands in the central position of the square.
Shopping in Galleria Cavour
The history of Galleria Cavour Building work began on Galleria Cavour after the Second World War, in 1948, and the first shops were completed around 1960. The idea was to connect Piazza Cavour with the Pavaglione loggia with a covered walkway, i.e. "Galleria Cavour". Since the very beginning, the city's best stores have been located there. Now you can find brands such as Bulgari, Cartier, Céline, Christofle, Emporio Armani, Escada, Fendi, Gai Mattiolo, Gianni Versace, Gucci, La Perla, Louis Vuitton, Malo, Sutor Mantellassi, Tod's and Trussardi. It has been internationally recognised as one of the most important shopping streets in the world. Panelled with fine marble and red granite, it successfully combines the idea of the American shopping mall with European elegance.
We discovered this restaurant by chance reading its name on a tourist guide. It's on top of Monte Donato hill and quite far from the city centre. But what we really appreciate was that only locals were eating there and no tourist at all...in my opinion those are the best restaurants! Tigelle are a must to try. It's a hot bread served with prosciutto crudo, cheese and pickles.
rustic setting, solid food
A rustic tavern - about a 10E taxi ride from the Piazza Maggiore. When tasting his mortadella I finally understood that American baloney is a very poor imitation of mortadella. The filling for his homemade tortellini in brodo - made me pause. The lamb was tender and well prepared. I recommend this place highly.
The centre of action
Piazza Maggiore is just that - the Large Square, the centre of action. This place is frequently referred to simply as La Piazza by the bolognesi, and it is hard to describe it as anything else than a large open urban space. The centre is too large and the buildings that surround it too far apart for the Piazza to be crowded by café tables, buskers and hawkers, which makes its a great place to simply take picture of the remarkable palazzi that surround it. To the south is San Petronio, to the north Palazzo della Podestà, to the east the Museo Civico Archeologico and to the West the Palazzo Comunale. The four buildings are not quite in the same style and represent different periods in the history of Bologna and architectural trends, which gives the visitor a great sense of the changes experienced in this city. Palazzo Nettuno is more likely the place to find displays or fairs - Palazzo Maggiore just seems too large to be anything other than a meeting place for individuals and private groups heading to one of the many cafés, restaurants and bars that line its edges.