Visiting Bologna

(Bologna, Italy)

Located in Italy's scenic Emilia-Romagna area, Bologna is known as a city of culture, with large public squares, charming alleyways and plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

Noticeably quieter than many other big cities in Italy, highlights in Bologna include many historic buildings with endless red tiled roofs and magnificent architecture in all sizes. Bologna is also home to the oldest university in the whole of Europe.

Visiting Bologna: Places to Visit

  • Bologna bus and walking tours, providing an insight into the city rich history and offering a close-up look an many impressive buildings and landmarks
  • Piazza Maggiore, an enormous public square in the heart of the oldest part of Bologna, surrounded by Renaissance-style architecture and offering a mixture of street entertainment, coffee shops and bars
  • Fontana di Nettuno, Bologna's spectacular 16th-century Fountain of Neptune, which connects both the Piazza Maggiore and the neighbouring Piazza del Nettuno
  • University Quarter, located in the centre of Bologna and overflowing with bars, cafés and restaurants, home to Europe's most historic university, dating back more than 900 years
  • Torre degli Asinelli and Torre degli Garisenda, two iconic leaning towers which have become symbols of Bologna, standing in Piazza di Porta Ravegnana
  • Palazzo Comunale, Bologna's historic town hall, housing a large and important collection of paintings, many of which were painted by well-known artists, located in the Piazza Maggiore
  • Tombe dei Glossatori, elaborate tombs situated in the Piazza San Domenico e Piazza Malpighi, known locally in Bologna at the Glossatori Tombs
  • Archaeological Museum, known locally in Bologna as the Museo Civico Archeologico and home to many important local treasures
  • Bologna Stock Exchange (Sala Borsa), a grand building now home to the biggest multimedia library in the whole of Italy
  • Basilica di Santo Stefano, featuring a complex of connecting chapels and courtyards

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