What to visit

Bologna historic center

A prestigious and world-renowned university city and the beating heart of art and culture, Bologna retains a unique charm that has remained unchanged throughout its centuries of history.

Here is a useful check list, with all the must-see spots in this beautiful city:

  • Piazza Maggiore: Bologna's main square and the beating heart of the city, the site of the Palazzo Comunale, the Basilica of San Petronio, and the famous Neptune Fountain.
  • The porticoes of Bologna: a vast system of covered arcades, inscribed in 2020 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, further strengthening its status as a symbol of the city.
  • The Two Towers: the Asinelli Tower and the Garisenda are two emblematic medieval towers of Bologna. A climb to the top of the Asinelli Tower provides a spectacular panoramic view of the city.
  • Basilica of San Petronio: one of the largest churches in the world, with a magnificent marble façade and an equally impressive interior filled with breathtaking artwork and frescoes.
  • Archiginnasio: the former headquarters of the ancient University of Bologna, a historic building that houses the Municipal Library. Its hall reserved for anatomy and dissection lectures, decorated with portraits of illustrious doctors, is renowned.
  • Quadrilatero: a district in the historic center popular with food lovers. Its streets are filled with traditional grocery stores, delicatessens, restaurants, and taverns where you can enjoy local specialties such as mortadella and fresh pasta.
  • Santo Stefano: St. Stephen's Basilica is a combination of seven churches built and restored during different historical periods. In addition to the monumental tour, this fascinating and atmospheric place is perfect for a relaxing walk through ancient cloisters and courtyards.
  • Giardini Margherita: an oasis of tranquility to relax and reconnect with nature just a stone's throw away from the city center. These public gardens are perfect for exercising, relaxing, and picnicking with family or friends.

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