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Top 10 places in Bologna

Our app features the history of 46 monuments and great sites including places to discover Bologna. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Bologna

Visit Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore

It is the main square of the town: it is 115 m long and 60 m wide; It is surrounded by the most important monuments of the medieval city. The Palazzo della Podestà (Palace of the Podestat) (1200) is the oldest; It is surmounted by the Torre del Arengo (Tower of the Assembly), whose bell rang to... Read more

Visit Basilica di San Petronio; History

Basilica di San Petronio; History

The basilica, built in 1390, was designed to honor Saint Petronio, bishop from 431 to 450 and patron of the city, who had abandoned a high social position to live humbly in the service of the city. In the 14th century, the bourgeoisie of crafts, commerce and the liberal professions had begun to... Read more

Visit Basilica di San Petronio

Basilica di San Petronio

This large church, 132 m long, 60 m wide, 45 m high, with a bell tower 65 m high, can hold 28000 people. Its facade is unfinished; One can only admire its lower part, covered with bicoloured marble slabs and elegant decorations, and imagine what it could have become. The main door carries ... Read more

Visit Basilica Santo Stefano

Basilica Santo Stefano

This basilica is also known as the "Basilica of the Seven Churches". It is made up of the Chiesa del Crocifisso with its crypt, the Basilica del Sepolcro, the Basilica dei Santi Vitale and Agricola, the Chiesa della Trinità, the Chiesa della Benda: there are only 5 churches, but there is... Read more

Visit Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore

Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore

In 1247, the hermits of the congregation of Beato Giovanni Bono da Mantova settled in Bologna; In 1267 they joined the hermits of San Giacomo di Savena and began to build the church, which was not to be consecrated until 1344. The Church of late Romanesque style, turned towards simplicity and even... Read more

Visit City Tours

City Tours

: Medieval towers and tower houses are a strong feature of Bologna; In the nineteenth century there were still nearly a hundred. Today there are still 17 of them, 4 of which are incredibly high due to the difficulties of construction at the time: Torre Azzoguidi (61 m), Torre Prendiparte (60 m) and... Read more

Visit Archiginnasio

Archiginnasio

It was built around 1562 by Antonio Morandi by order of Pope Pius IV, who wanted to unite in one place all the faculties of the University, until then scattered. It was the seat of the University until 1803. The Archiginnasio consists of a building built around a courtyard; It contains a portico... Read more

Visit Palazzo Poggi

Palazzo Poggi

It is the headquarters of the University as well as that of the Rectorate. It was built between 1549 and 1560, by order of Bishop Giovanni Poggi who later became a cardinal. It is not known whether his architect was Bartolomeo Triachini or Pellegrino Tibaldi who was the author of many beautiful... Read more

Visit Museums of the Institute of Sciences

Museums of the Institute of Sciences

Its collection of scientific objects embraces many fields. Natural History: Ulisse Aldrovandi Museum (naturalist of the 16th century), Collections of Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (scientist, 1658-1730) and Museum Diluvianum. Anatomy and Obstetrics: School of Obstetrics, Wax Anatomical Models by Erco... Read more

Visit Fontana di Nettuno

Fontana di Nettuno

It is the work of the sculptors Zanobio Portigiani, Tommaso Laureti and Giambologna. The latter, a celebrated Flemish sculptor, produced the bronze statues of the fountain. It was commissioned by the Papal Vice-Legate Pier Donato Cesi to glorify Pope Pius IV; It is therefore a self-celebration that... Read more

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