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Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore is the main square of Bologna and one of the most historical spots of Italy. The Square dates back to the 15th century, since that it has been a collection of many important administrative buildings.

Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda

Towers of Bologna is the historical structures, which once made the original shape and landmark of the city. The most famous among them are the Two Towers, situated Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. The structures were built between 12-13 centuries. At that time the number of the towers gained 180.

Basilica di San Petronio

San Petronio Basilica is the main religious site in Bologna. It is dedicated to the patron of the city. The basilica is situated in the heart of the city, Piazza Maggiore. It is considered to be the largest brick basilica to be built in the world.

Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca is a basilica in Bologna, built was built in 12th century. The basilica is situated on Guardia hill, which is 300 metres above Bologna. The Landmark gives a great viewpoint. There’s a cable car to reach to sanctuary, which takes some 7 minutes ride to the top.

Fontana del Nettuno

The Fountain of Neptune (Italian: Fontana di Nettuno) is a monumental civic fountain located in the eponymous square, Piazza del Nettuno, next to Piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, Italy Its bronze figure of Neptune, extending his reach in a lordly gesture of stilling and controlling the waters, is an early...

Archiginnasio di Bologna

Archiginnasio of Bologna is one of the most iconic buildings of the city which now houses the Archiginnasio Municipal Library and the Anatomical Theatre. The building is from the late 16th century. Till 18th century it housed the University of Bologna, and became the symbol of aristocracy and intelligence.

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita is a church in Bologna.It’s cupola is the most important example of Baroque The Church was built in 13th century. It is famous among the tourists for housing the sculptural group of Sorrow over Dead Christ.

Biblioteca Salaborsa

Salaborsa is the biggest library in Bologna. The library is situated in former palace, Palazzo d'Accursio, which is the ancient and historical seat of the city government. It is celebrated for the archaeological site, which can be seen through the crystal floor in the centre of the library.

Mercato di Mezzo

Middle Market is the center of Bologna’s food life. The market is situated some steps far from the Piazza Maggiore. Ones the market was the first indoor market of the city, then it was closed. The traditional market was reborn in 2014 by Oscar Farinetti.

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