Emilia-Romagna Things to Do

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Emilia-Romagna Things to Do

  • Towers - Torri

    Bologna Things to Do

    The two towers, both of them leaning, are the symbol and the emblems of Bologna and they have a names of course. The taller one is called Torre Asinelli while the smaller but more leaning tower is called Torre Garisenda. The names derive from the noble families which are traditionally credited for their construction between 1109 and 1119. There is...

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  • Mosaics

    Ravenna Things to Do

    “O lone Ravenna! many a tale is told Of thy great glories in the days of old: Two thousand years have passed since thou didst see Caesar ride forth to royal victory.” — from “Ravenna” by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). This poem won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1878 Ravenna has a school that teaches mosaics arts, both their creation and their...

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  • Beach

    Rimini Things to Do

    Rimini has 15 km of beach along the strip and it's used well. In the summer months it's really crowded here, but when I arrived in the beginning of September it was less people, and more space. The beach is divided in different spots, with a number. Most hotels have their own part of the beach, but there are also parts that are for everyone. I...

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  • Museums

    Bologna Things to Do

    The imposing building of Museo di Mineralogia L,Bombicci concludes the sequence of the buildings on the right side of via Zamboni. Actually, it is located on the square opposite to Porta San Donato. The museum was founded in 1860 by young professor Luigi Bombicci. The collection holds over 50.000 pieces, of which 10.000 are displayed and organized...

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  • Churches

    Ravenna Things to Do

    “Ave, vestal-eyed Ravenna! Grant at last the boon I crave Far from rush and crush of highways, In the hush of hidden byways Let me stand by Dante’s grave.” — from “Dante’s Grave” by Carl B. H. Wolff Founded in the fifth century, the Basilica St. Francis was rebuilt in the 10th-11th centuries over a previous church that was dedicated to the...

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  • Historical centre

    Rimini Things to Do

    Originally this was a romanic style church, untill Sigismondo Malatesta transformed this church in a real monument. The external side is made by Leon Battista Alberti and it's very carateristic the facade that is unfinished in the higher part. Inside the main attractions are a Giotto's crucifix and and a Piero della Francesca's fresco where...

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  • Piazza Maggiore

    Bologna Things to Do

    At the top of the main portal of the Palazzo Comunale is placed magnificent Pope Gregory XIII bronze statue, carved by Alessandro Sermenghi. Pope Gregory XIII (1502-1585) born Ugo Boncompagni, was Pope from 1572 to 1585. He is best known for commisioning and being the namesake for the Gregorian Calendar. The chief architect in the process of...

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  • Events

    Ravenna Things to Do

    “Lord Byron, who preferred Ravenna to all the other towns of Italy, and was influenced in some measure by his intimacy with the Countess Guiccioli, a member of the Gamba family of Ravenna, spent two years here (June, 1819, to October, 1821).” — from‘ Italy: Northern Italy’ 1903, by Karl Baedeker Piazza del Popolo can be considered the focal point...

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  • Tiberio's Bridge

    Rimini Things to Do

    In the year 14 A.D the Emperor Augustus, of the Roman Empire, gave the order that there should be a bridge over the River Marecchia which would made sure that the Via Emilia could continue as planned. The Via was one of the Empires five most important roads. Seven years later, while the Empire was ruled by Tiberio, the bridge was finished, and the...

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  • Historical Buildings

    Bologna Things to Do

    Bologna is city of culture, arts and music and has alot of theatres all over the city area. There had been even more theatres and opera-houses in the city, since early 17th century, but some of them fallen into disuse or burnt down. For instance, Teatro Malvezzi, built in 1651 and burned down in 1745, and that event prompted the construction of a...

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  • The coast

    Ravenna Things to Do

    We were all ready to jump into the Adriatic after a day of gazing at the best of Byzantium translated into Italian. The question was, where to do it. In keeping with our dual themes (Etruscans and Dante), we chose to go to the Lido di Dante. It turned out to be just fine. Our particular point of entry had a long breakwater, so that the force of...

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  • Italia in Miniature

    Rimini Things to Do

    A trip to Italia in Miniatura is a must for all the family. Easily reachable. Just take bus No 8 from the main central station. Ticket only 1.5 Euros which is valid for 120 minutes. Don't forget to validate ticket on board Entrance ticket is only 16 Euros, considering the many miniature attractions one can admire. Don't miss the various shows. A...

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  • Basilica di San Petronio

    Bologna Things to Do

    The huge Basilica was built to honour Petronius, bishop of Bologna in the fifth century. it is reckoned to be one of the greatest Catholic churches throughout Italy and features a length of 132 metres, a width of 60 metres, a facade of 51 metres and finally a central vault of 41 metres. Basilica is the main church of the city, dominating the Piazza...

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  • Arco d'Augusto

    Rimini Things to Do

    You are looking at the oldest remaining Roman Arch in the world. You are also looking at the very point where the 2 main roads in the Roman Empire met – the Via Flaminia (N-S) and Via Emilia (E-W). In fact it marks the end of the Via Flaminia originating in Rome. It was built in honour of Caesar Octavianus Augustus. The visible engravings on this...

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  • Basilica di Santo Stefano

    Bologna Things to Do

    San Petronio's tomb (431-450) is preserved in the church of San Sepolcro which was built during the 5th century and later resored in the 12th century. Petronio was a bishop of the town and is patron saint of Bologna. The courtyrd adjacent to the church is called "Cortile di Pilato" and has lovely marble basin in which believers would throw...

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  • University

    Bologna Things to Do

    The Alma Mater Studiorum (University of Bologna) is the oldest continually operating university in the world, it is believed by most accounts it started at 1088. Its motto, "alma mater studiorum" in Latin is for nourishing mother of studies. The university is historically notable for its teaching of canon and civil law. The university counts about...

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  • Piazza Nettuno

    Bologna Things to Do

    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 connections. Access to the library is free . It is place to go and find a history of Bologna, from its early days up to today. Biblioteca Sala Borsa is...

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  • Basilica di San Domenico

    Bologna Things to Do

    Considered one of the most important churches in Bologna, the Basilica di San Domenico contains the tomb of Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order. Saint Dominic died in this church and was buried within it in 1221 back when it was a much smaller structure dedicated to San Nicolò. After his death, the church was rededicated to him and was...

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  • Churches - Chiese

    Bologna Things to Do

    Originally the Romanesque styled church of Santa Maria della Misericordia belonged to the order of sisters Cistercites, but then was given to the Benedictine order of Olivetani. In 1431 the church was reconstructed to its present appearance, while the fine portico was added at the end of the 15th century. Later on the church was altered and...

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  • Basilica di San Luca

    Bologna Things to Do

    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 century when it is said a icon representing The Virgin and attributed to San Luca, the apostle, was brought here from Costantinopolis. The Sanctuary of...

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  • Portici

    Bologna Things to Do

    Along the via Saragossa the portici di San Luca begin just outside Porta Saragossa. These porticoes that lead to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of St. Luke are numbered, and at Archway #170 a Madonna con bambino by Andrea Ferreri (1673-1744) sits. The image is nicknamed Madonna Grassa or the Fat Madonna because of her full and shapely proportions....

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  • Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio

    Bologna Things to Do

    I really enjoyed the visit to this palace. There are always exhibit going on, mostly free and it is an amazing building full of history and art. It is also impressive to think it is used as the municipal public library so all the citizens walk in there to get their books. It is also possible to obtain special permission to do research on the old...

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  • Palazzi

    Bologna Things to Do

    The magnificent Palazzo di Giustizia, also known as Palazzo Baciocchi, was designed and constructed by Andrea Palladio in 1534. The palace was sold in 1822 to Napoleon's brother in law, Prince Felice Baciocchi who finally had completed the construction. This monumental palace, as most of Palladio's works, has beautiful courtyard and the great...

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  • Palazzo del Podestà

    Bologna Things to Do

    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 official sort of chief magistrate, the representative of the Holy Roman Emperor. The Palace was built around 1200 as the seat of the local podesta...

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  • Palazzo Comunale

    Bologna Things to Do

    Palazzo d'Accursio originally was the residence of the jurist Accurssius. In 1336 it became the seat of the "Anziani" (Elder) the higest magistrates of the commune and then the seat a city government. In the 15th century it was restored by the Italian architect Fioravante Fioravanti who added the clock tower (Torre d'Accursio). Over the portal is a...

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  • Via dell'Indipendenza

    Bologna Things to Do

    To those who didn't know it, every Italian city has monuments of the King Vittorio Emanuele II and general Giusepe Garibaldi. The monument of Garibaldi is situated in the central position of Via dell'Indipendenza, right opposite to the theatre Arena del Sole. This bronze monument was set in 1900 and is work of the sculptor Arnaldo Zocchi. The...

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  • San Giacomo Maggiore

    Bologna Things to Do

    The construction of San Giacomo Maggiore started in 1267, as requested by the monastic order "Agostiniani" (Augustine Fathers), completed in 1315 and consacrated only in 1344. The bell tower was added in 1471. The church was built in Renaissance style with Ghotic elements, in particularly on ogival windows. The facade features an impressive portal...

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  • Palazzo della Mercanzia

    Bologna Things to Do

    In Piazza della Mercanzia you can admire the beauty of the palace and some examples of typical Bolognese medieval houses. The ancient complex is combination of two houses and the tower, and both houses once were used as offices of the nearby Gabella for paying taxes. Palazzo della Mercanzia, known also as Loggia dei mercanti or Palazzo del...

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  • Soccer

    Bologna Things to Do

    Have a feeling that your Italian is much too academic? You should have no trouble enriching your vocabulary at the one of the local football matches. You are sure to learn the latest and greatest of insults, and songs directed towards the referees and the opposite team. As I tend to support Inter, I was particularly amused by the Inter Ultras chant...

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  • Palazzo di Re Enzo

    Bologna Things to Do

    Since Palazzo dei Podesta turned out to be far too small to hold the great number of politicians ot the time, the building was enlarged in 1245 and called Palatium Novum. Torre Lamberti, incorporated in the corner of the palace, was purchased in 1294 by the city government of Bologna, in order to enlarge the reidence, formed by Palatium Vetus, the...

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  • Palazzo dei Notai

    Bologna Things to Do

    Palazzo dei Notai is the ancient seat of the powerful society of notaries, which served for store and preserve the legal documents relating to the purchase and sale of landed estates and houses, as well as the legacy. Palace was built in the late Gothic age and is union of two buildings already belonging to the corporation. The building thus...

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  • Cattedrale di San Pietro

    Bologna Things to Do

    St. Peter Cathedral from 10th-11th century, called "metropilitana" in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, have been rebuilt many times, last one beetwen 1600 and 1605. The huge statues representing St. Peter and St. Paul dominating the Church's facade were carved by Agostini Corsini and P.A. Verschaffelt, while Torreggiani designed central aisle inside the...

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  • Santuario della Beata Vergine di San...

    Bologna Things to Do

    “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 itself is magnificent, and its interior splendidly decorated; but its brightest ornament is the portrait of the Madonna, painted by St. Luke.” — from...

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  • Basilica di San Francesco

    Bologna Things to Do

    Basilica di San Francesco is the first example of French Gothic style in Italy. It was built between 1236 and 1254, on the initiative of the Franciscan community that stayed in the city already since 1218 with Bernardo di Quintavalle, one of the first disciples of San Francesco. The Franciscan friars are well known for their simple way of life,...

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  • Palazzo dei Banchi

    Bologna Things to Do

    Palazzo dei Banchi was the last palace built in the Piazza Maggiore. It was built with the intention to hide the narrow streets of the market behind it, known today as Mercato di Mezzo. The name Banchi derives from the desks of the money-changers that once used to work there. The construction of the building first started in 1412, but completed by...

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  • Par Tot Parade

    Bologna Things to Do

    This year Par tot parada will be the 21 june, from Porta Saragozza to Meloncello arcade, to Villa Serena where it will be a big final party all night long. But this year Par tot will be not only a parade, but a big happaning during 3 days, 20/21/22 june in Villa Serena ( Via Andrea Costa corner with Via della Barca - Bus 14 or 21 bus stop certosa...

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  • Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi

    Bologna Things to Do

    The Gothic Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi was built in the 14th century for the Servite community. Its construction continued well into the 15th century, but the façade was never decorated and has remained in plain red brick. Outside the basilica is an open courtyard surrounded by arcaded porticos. The portico along the façade is decorated with...

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  • Palazzo Grassi

    Bologna Things to Do

    Palazzo Grassi, together with Casa Isolani and Casa Reggiani, is one of the few surviving examples of Medieval urban configuration built in the 13th century Romanesque style. The portico in front is supported by wooden beams, in the typical "crutch-shape", and structures covered with baked bricks. Once the portico used to covered the entire...

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  • Palazzo Pepoli Vecchio

    Bologna Things to Do

    Consisting of a series of adjacent palaces, the Palazzo Pepoli Vecchio was owned by one of Bologna's most prominent families, the Pepoli. The first palazzo was built in 1344 by Taddeo Pepoli, who had been elected Lord of Bologna. The rest of the adjacent palaces were mostly built in the 18th century by Count Gero Pepoli, but conserve some features...

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  • Piazza Galvani

    Bologna Things to Do

    Piazza Galvani is hardly a tourist attraction in and of itself, but you are likely to pass through it if you are heading to the shopping street Via Farini from the historic centre of Piazza Maggiore. One you have passed L'Archiginnasio the store fronts are just that - stores - and the end of the Piazza is occupied primarily by cafés that serve...

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  • Giardini Margheritta

    Bologna Things to Do

    Southwest to the Piazza di Porta Santo Stefano, you will find a large park, the Queen Margherita gardens. The were created by Alfonso Brizi in the 19th century. Although this park is close to the city center, you will get the impression of a peaceful place. Looking southwards up the hills, you will even think that you are not in a city. The park...

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  • Madonna del Baracanno

    Bologna Things to Do

    Compared to other churches in Bologna, this one has a quite unusual shape. It was built in the 15th century into the city walls as a small shire and was extended into present daay's church in the 16th century. The five-arched portal in pure renaissance style was designed by Alfreod Lombardi. The dome was added in the 17th century.

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  • Palazzo Davia Bargellini

    Bologna Things to Do

    Palazzo Bargellini, commissioned by Camillo Bargellini, was built in the Baroque style by Bartolomeo Provaglia between 1638 and 1658 for this illustrious senatorial family of Bologna. The appearance of the building is solemn but severe. The building has a facade without porticoes on three floors, featuring gabled windows and a balcony supported by...

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  • BRISIGHELLA

    I loved this town immediately!!!, so many neat paces, buildings, colors, history.Here you have to see the "Via degli asini" o "via del Borgo", from S.XII, this is a narrow passage inside the building you see on the pic, that took the donkies in ancient times to get the plaster from a mine near by.Other attractions:-Santuario del Monticino -Torre...

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  • SOLAROLO

    "Solarolo" comes from the latin "Solarioum" that means "place exposed to the sun".This is Laura Pausini's town, I'm sure that many of you have listened to her songs. Her family still lives there.Is a small neat quiet town, located in Terre di Faenza, Province of Ravenna. Between the rivers Senio and Santerno.Is not a touristic place, but it worths...

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