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  • 1. Churches and Squares

    I stole this term from my Polish colleagues who invented it to describe their favourite research and pastime, as opposed to all those other activities ending in –ing which have adapted from English by...

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  • 2. Food and shopping

    Shopping and window-shopping in Bologna is not about chain stores but about the little, locally owned shops. This applies to most of Italy, by the way. Underneath the portici there are countless small...

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  • 3. old building

    The impressive Porta Saragozza was built in 1860, upon the remains of its medieval precursor. It is located in the most wertern part of the city walls, in the vicinity of Stadio Comunale Renato...

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  • 4. Portici

    The invention of the “portici”, arcades along the facades of the houses that cover the walkways and enlarge the ground plan of the upper storeys, had a precedessor already in the middle ages. The...

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  • 5. Towers

    Tower houses were a typical feature of medieval cities. The leading families built them both as a symbol of their power and wealth and as refuge during the frequent fights with their neighbours....

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  • 6. Piazza Nettuno

    Piazza del Nettuno is situated right next to Piazza Maggiore and it is the most vivid square in the city always crowded with locals and tourists. It is probably the best known meeting point in Bologna...

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  • 7. Excursions and map

    In some cities, you will find big charts with city maps. In some, orientation is easy, some cites will provide you with free maps. But none of the sentences is true with Bologna. The old town center...

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  • 8. Piazza Maggiore

    Piazza Maggiore represents the heart of the town; its ancient buildings and glorious history make the square one of the greatest throughout Italy. It is the best possible starting point for exploring...

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  • 10. Bologna's Colours

    Cities have typical colours, and Bologna's predominant colour is that of bricks, terracotta in various reddish and brownish shades. Then add more terracotta,...

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  • 11. Bologna's Tourist Office: better is the city one

    Given the size of the “office” Bologna’s tourist office has at the airport, I would have assumed that they would be able to supply visitors with loads of...

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  • 12. Piazza San Stefano

    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...

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  • 13. Bolognesi

    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...

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  • 14. Piazza Malpighi - Tombe dei Glossatori

    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...

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  • 15. Piazza Verdi

    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...

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  • 16. Exploring the streets

    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,...

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  • 17. Via Rizzoli

    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...

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  • 18. Underrated Bologna

    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,...

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  • 19. Moving to Bologna?

    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...

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  • 20. Fabulous Bologna

    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...

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  • 21. Eyesore or urban art?

    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...

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  • 22. Waterfalls?

    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...

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  • 23. Luggage storage near coach station

    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...

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  • 24. San Petronio

    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...

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  • 25. Passes

    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...

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