Many visitors would agree with me, relatively small square of San Stefano is probably the most charming place in whole of historic center of Bologna. It has irregular trapezoid shape and is closed from all sides by the fine looking houses, palaces and the complex of seven small churches. It is where one would get full impression why this city is called Red.
The square is often used for concerts and other cultural events. Every first Sunday of the month in the square held flea market with selected items to suit every pocket. The square is a popular meeting place for young people but also a place where tourists usually make a break. In the summer, during the heat of the day, the temperature in the square is slightly lower than in the other parts of the city and Bolognesi know it well. It is good to know, there is always some refreshing breeze around the square, especially under the porticoes.
What is a town without a people, "The Day after" has shown it well, even the most beautiful places looking ugly if no living creatures there. But on the other hand, some very beautiful places looking less attractive to us if locals have left kind of bad impressions.
I was like ten times so far in Bologna and can't remember any bad imporession about the Bolognesi people........
gente per bene
Piazza Malpighi doesn't look alike an sity square, it is atypical in its shape reminds to an extended section of a street. The square is named after Marcello Malpighi (1628-1694), Bolognese doctor who is wide world known for his researchs in anatomy and developing methods in using of mcroscopes.
In the central part of the square stands an column with the statue of Immaculate on its top. Opposite to the column is huge complex of Basilica di San Francesco with Glossatori tombs in its garden. Glossatori were Bolognese lawyers to whom the foundation of the Alma Mater Studiorum is owed. The locals called them Glossatori because they used to add "glosses", notes and postscripts to the legal texts and manuscripts from which they completed their studies. Each student of roman Law studies should know their names; Bulgaro, Martino, Jacopo and Ugo.
In their honour the sity keeps their remains inside an important funeral monument in the shadow of the Basilica San Francesco. These are 13th cntury monumental arches covered with shrines, supported by columns decorated with enamelled tiles, within which are the coffins of famous schlars from the studium.
Piazza Verdi is important city square dedicated to great Italian musician Giuseppe Verdi. It is located in the old core of Bologna, right in the heart of the university area. This square is specific public space of the city, often represented by the local and national media as a symbol place of the deterioration of the capital Emiliano (Bologna is the capital of the Italian province of Emilia Romagna). For the huge student population of Bologna Piazza Verdi is the symbol of the university.
Piazza Verdi is the seat of magnificent Teatro Comunale, while on its western side it is bounded by the only surviving section of Bologna's 11th century city walls.
The square, especially in summer, is used for numerous opeair cultural events. From recently there is promotion of "Almawinteraction" by Alma Mater, proposing different activities in the winer, such as; exhibitions, debates, workshops even "tornei di briscola" (tournaments in card game).
Fondest memory: Piazza Verdi definatelly isn't the most beautiful square in the city of Bologna but it is probably the most charming one, especially in the evenings.
Bologna is a beautiful town and very laid back place. You wont see here much of those hysterical busy individuals who rushing from the point A to the point B, angry because you happened to be caught on their way. Here you can stop a local businessmen and ask him, even a silly question, and yet he wont ignoring you but will patiently respond with a smile. Do not be surprised if some youngster, friendly and kindly, take you to the spot that you are looking for.
Bologna is "citta di arte e cultura" (the city of arts and culture) and the visitor would notice it at every turn when strolling around. These are the reasons why exploring of Bologna and its streets is such casual, comfortable and enjoyable.
Fondest memory: Population makes the integral part in the beauty of an place, the citizens of Bologna are very polite, helpful and very friendly towards the visitors.
Mercato di Mezzo was a maze of narrow streets and small squares through the heart od the city. The plan of 1889 foresaw the demolition of the area and the creation of a broad street that would serve as the new central axis. Work, which began in 1910, lasted until 1918 among controversy and suspensions due to the World War I. Demolitions has upset the economy and the social aspect of traditional life and erased one entire district of poor houses and ancient buildings. Among the destroyed buildings there were also three medieval towers, the Artensi, the Riccadonna and Guidozagni, for which argued and fought a crowd of so-called "conservators".
The rebuilding of the south side of Via Rizzoli was realized in the '20s and '30s, by powerful financial groups, not from Bologna.It is the reason why in today Via Rizzoli dominated palaces of insurance or construction companies from Milano or Venezia, not to mentione the building where is the seat of the Emilia Romagna Provinces. This massive buildings do not catch much of the attention of tourists and visitors of Bologna, who are rushing to reach the end of the street where Due Torri located.
Via Rizzoli is relatively short but busy and vivid street which attracts mostly because of its fine shops situated under the portico on its right side.
In some way Bologna is off the beaten path way of place, tourists and visitors planning in their agendas to visit Rome, Venice, Florence, Neaples, Verona, Sicily or Sardegna....., but not many including Bologna, and that's real shame. Bologna is very underrated place in the eyes of many tourists, probably because they have never care to read something about this exceptionally beautiful and charming town.
But lemmy tell you guys what all of you have missed:
1. the best cuisine in Italy
2. the oldest university in Europe
3. the tallest medieval city tower in Europe
4. nice and very friendly citizens
5. the longest porticoe system in Italy (no need for umbrella if raining)
6. Galvani and his frogs
7. exceptionally harmonious architecture of the historic centre
8. very safe place.
They say "see Rome and die" but I'd say see Bologna and enjoy!
Bologna is very different from northern cities such as Milan, Verona or Trieste. Bologna is international although barely reaches 600k. It is welcoming and full of activities for architectural interest, food and dining, walking in the green, meeting people of all regions of the Peninsula. There couldn't be a better city (probably Torino is a good choice but not as lively) to start off working in Italy, if you like the blend of central climate. The people have been used to human traffic from all over the world for centuries. I am sure you will make a great choice going there for a position. Consider logisitics, too, as a plus: Milan 2hrs, Florence 50mins, Verona 1hr, Venice, 2.5hrs, the Adriatic sea 1.5hrs, Garda lake 1.25hrs. Airport's broad in destinations and traffic is great if you take buses or bikes. Don't even think of purchasing a car and forget the subway: there is none and there is no need.
Fondest memory: The liveliness and the diversity of all the regions of the country in Bologna is unique. Railways in northern Italy almost all cross this city. Soon, the train station will become an architecture delight (designed by Japanese legend architect Isozaki).
True, Florence and Milan are home to some of the world's most celebrated artworks as well as fashion houses, but in my view, Bologna exudes a far stronger sense of refinement, elegance, and a more vibrant ambiance. Bologna may not be home to Michelangelo or Prada, but the sum of the city's fabulous parts make the place stand out. The city's handsome porticoes are just a part of it, so are the beautiful architecture, the numerous good restaurants, excellent jazz bars and pubs, the goodlooking Bolognese and the vibrant youthful atmosphere, thanks to the city's 90,000-strong student population. Even the graffiti are more colorful and artistic than those in Rome and Milan!
More pictures from fabulous Bologna in this travelogue.
In addition to La Grassa (The Fat One), Bologna also enjoys the monicker La Rossa (The Red) for its colorful buildings (and some say for its leftist political leanings), and perhaps extending it a bit, to its graffiti - plenty of them around the city. I think it's easy to understand why considering the presence of some 90,000 university students - imagine all the pent-up emotions needing an outlet!
So what do I think of these graffiti? I'm no art expert, but some are actually done so well, they even liven up the city and are a refreshing contrast to the ancient medieval buildings, but others are just downright hideous.
This isn't the most important activity or site in Bologna but it's pretty cool.
It is not uncommon to see waterfalls running between apartment buildings. When I first saw this, I was overwhelmed. Some background, I live in New York and it's difficult to find peace and quiet at home because of sirens, horns, people etc. In Bologna, at my friends apartment, all I could here was the soothing ripple of waterfalls cascading behind her apartment. I did not want to leave.
If you need to store your luggage, you can do that in this photo shop located at the southeastern end of the bus terminal. For a small fee, you can get rid of your heavy bag for some time. It will be even secured with a heavy chain and a lock. Keep your national ID-card or your passport ready as they will ask you for that.
There was no english epaking staff in this shop (indeed, there aren't that many english-speaking people in Italy comapred to other western euroepan countries). But they were all freidnly and helpful and we found a base of communication somewhere between spanish and my non-existant Italian. We even had a small conversation about Hamburg, as one of the employees visited my home town a couple of years ago.
Fondest memory: After my spontaneous decision to spend a couple of hours in Bologna, I didn't want to carry my backpack for the time being there. Although I expected some lockers, either at the train station or at the coach station, I was happy to leave by bag at this shop. It gave me the first idea of being back in Italy.
Favorite thing: San Petronio, who was the eighth Bishop of Bologna, is the patron saint of the town. He lived in the mid of the fifth century and came to Bologna probably from Spain. The Saint is most honoured and beloved by the citizens of Bologna, he was the one who ordered building of so-called "le sette chiese" (the seven churches), but before it he ordered the reconstructions of Bolognese homes destroyed by many conquerers. At the same time, the defending city walls were built around the town of Bologna. The October 4 is the celebrating day of San Petronio.
The Biglietto Unico per I Musei allows free and/or discounted admission to the city’s many museums, depending on the museum in question. One-day passes costing €6 and three-day passes costing €8 are available for purchase at participating museums.
To have more information call (051) 203 040.
Bologna is the food capital of Italy I think. Everything was delicious and you don't even have to go to expensive restaurants.
Just be careful about the charges.Some have a bad habit of over-charging non-italian speaking customers.
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