Bologna Things to Do

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  • 1. Towers - Torri

    Torre Asinelli, the largest medieval tower, can be climbed. A perfect way to burn some of the calories that you have assembled sampling the local food specialities. I did that during my first visit so...

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  • 2. Santo Stefano

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The back wing behind the main cloister contains a small museum with artefacts from the churches and the convent: altarpieces, religious paintings, vasa sacra, statues and handwritten documents. My...

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  • 3. San Petronio

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Petronio is the main parish church of the city. Its façade occupies the southern side of Piazza Maggiore. It is not the cathedral, though – the Duomo is located round the corner in Via...

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  • 4. Piazza Maggiore

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Together with the adjacent Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Re Enzo, Piazza Maggiore is the heart and salon of the city. The most important public buildings are grouped around it: Palazzo d’Accursio or...

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  • 5. Historical Buildings

    Casa Isolani, a 13th century building in Strada Maggiore, is the most impressive among the medieval palaces which are the precedessors of Bologna’s arcades. The protruding third storey is carried by a...

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  • 6. University

    Another nickname of the city is Bologna la dotta – Bologna the Learned. Bologna is the hometown of the oldest university in Europe, founded in 1088 (the official date) or the early 12th century –...

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  • 7. San Domenico

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The church of San Domenico is “headquarters” of the Dominican or Preachers’ Order and the burial place of its founder, Saint Dominicus, hence one of the most important places of catholic cult in...

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  • 8. Piazza Nettuno

    Sala Borsa is the city multimedia and general information library which every day provides users of all ages with books, newspapers, magazines, videos, CD's along with cabled and wi-fi internet...

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  • 9. San Luca

    Basilica di San Luca is a great Bologna landmark. Wherever you are in town or in the villages around you can always see it and it help you navigate the area. The church story start around the XII...

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  • 10. Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio

    The large assembly hall in the Archiginnasio has been named after Gioacchino Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” which had its first ever performance in here in 1842. It is decorated all over with coats of...

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  • 11. Palazzo Comunale - Town Hall

    4 out of 5 stars

    Founded in 1936, Il Palazzo Comunale di Bologna le Collezioni Comunali d’arte (Bologna’s Municipal Art Collection) is located in what was once the winter apartments of the Cardinal Papal Legates on...

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  • 12. Portici

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bologna has more arcades (covered walkways) than I've come across in any other Italian city or town so far. It also has what is considered to be the longest arcade in the world, the 4km long Portico...

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  • 13. San Pietro

    While San Petronio in Piazza Maggiore is the most dominant church in the cityscape, the bishop’s cathedral is another: San Pietro (St. Peter), a few steps round the corner in Via dell’Independenza....

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  • 14. Via dell'Indipendenza

    Via dell’Independenza is the elegant shopping street of Bologna. It leads from Piazza del Nettuno in the centre in northward direction past the cathedral and then straight on towards the train...

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  • 15. San Francesco

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In 126 the city authorities gave the friars of the Bologna Franciscan monastery the parcel of land on which Basilica San Francesco now stands, so that they could build their own church. By 1251 the...

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  • 16. Palazzo del Podestà

    Those travellers who regularly visiting Italian towns probaly know what is the meaning of podesta. It derives from Latin word podestas, meaning power. In the Middle Ages each town had podesta, a high...

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  • 17. City Walls - Gates

    I thought I'd make a separate tip for this imposing structure because, if you arrive in Bologna by train or bus it's likely to be one of the first things that strikes you. The Porta Galliera is one...

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  • 18. Santa Maria della Vita

    Sanctuario Santa Maria Della Vita lies on Via Clavature, one of the 'Medieval market' streets (according to the tourist information map) which run off Piazza Maggiore to the east. It's quite an old...

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  • 19. Civic Archeological Museum

    At last, a bit of Bologna's Roman heritage! The Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna is housed in the rather lovely (and very impressive) 15-th century Palazzo Galvani (a building which was...

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  • 20. San Giacomo Maggiore

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely no photos are allowed inside this large and airy church (and there is a 'guardian' to keep an eye on you). That is a pity because it has many points of interesr, including the rather lovely...

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  • 21. Palazzo della Mercanzia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Due to its importance as university town already since middle ages, it seems only logical that holding markets was very important. And the more goods were sold the more important it was to establish...

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  • 22. Pinacoteca Nazionale - Gallery

    “The art of Bologna in its earlier phases shows the mediaeval school represented by numerous Byzantine-Romanesque panels and manuscript illuminations (Bologna Museum and elsewhere).” — from “A Short...

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  • 23. Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    “Upon another hill, stands the celebrated church of the Madonna di St. Luca, three miles from Bologna. A portico consisting of seven hundred arcades reaches from it to the gate of the city. The church...

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  • 24. Palazzo di Re Enzo

    One building around Piazza Maggiore, more precisely north of Palazzo del Podestà and the street Via Rizzoli, is quite interesting: Palazzo di Re Enzo. Enzo of Sardinia, illegitimate son of Holy Roman...

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  • 25. San Martino

    This is one Bologna church where you *are* allowed to take photos inside. At least, there were no signs when I visited, others were taking photos and the warden made no comment. San Martinio...

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