Things to do in Bologna

Top Things to Do in Bologna

Things to Do in Bologna

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  • StotheN
    Stockholm, Sweden453 contributions
    It has got everything that a good city square should have and with centuries of history to boot. Do visit and have some pasta bolognese at the nearest restaurant.
    Written 24 January 2023
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  • Ruth J
    London, UK158 contributions
    One of the most interesting places to visit in Bologna. Originally a complex of 7 churches the oldest dating back to the 5th century, most still remain today. Highlights were the crypt which had a quiet, spiritual atmosphere and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with the huge pulpit. There's also a small museum and shop to visit. Signage is very poor so read up about the complex first.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • Steve S
    Palm Springs, CA1,676 contributions
    The two towers of Bologna represent the landmark image of Bologna of which over 180 towers were built during the 12th to 13th century to mark the wealth and prestige of significant families along with fortifying the city’s military defenses. The main tower is the Asinelli Tower and it is over 97 meters in height. The lower tower is the Garisenda Tower at over 48 meters
    Written 21 January 2023
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  • Steve S
    Palm Springs, CA1,676 contributions
    The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca dates from 1723, a project by Carlo Francesco Dotti, one of the most important architects in the Papal States in the 18th century. Inside the basilica’s is the ‘treasure’, an image of a black Virgin Mary with Child, supposedly painted by St Luke. Tradition holds that in the 12th-century, a pilgrim from the Byzantine empire came to Bologna with an icon of the Virgin from the temple of Saint Sofia in Constantinople.
    Written 21 January 2023
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  • Steve S
    Palm Springs, CA1,676 contributions
    The Basilica of San Petronio stands on Bologna’s main square, Piazza Maggiore. The Basilica is unfinished with the bottom part of the facade white and red marble (the colors of the city), and the upper part is just bricks. In 1562, the Catholic Church ordered the construction of the University of Bologna, on the space adjacent to the basilica, taking away the money originally allocated to finishing the church.
    Written 21 January 2023
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  • antoncarth
    High Wycombe, UK554 contributions
    Archiginnasio is a hidden gem to visit in Bologna. It’s located near to piazza di Maggiore, approximately ten minutes walking distance. You can visit teatro anatomico and biblioteca comunale with just €6.00. It’s amazing how well maintain is a university who founded back 500 years ago.
    I strongly recommend a visit.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Paul N
    Tenterden, UK18 contributions
    Incredible, had to ask someone where it was, as this wasn't immediately clear, but it was amazing to see history in action.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • StotheN
    Stockholm, Sweden453 contributions
    Even the locals are taking selfies at this spot. It was put in place by a previous pope to placate the Bolognese residents at the time. Strange monument to a pagan god!
    Written 24 January 2023
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  • _cplamont121
    Brighton and Hove, UK82 contributions
    Easy to get to on public transport (Bus 13 from city centre of Bologna). Welcoming and self guided tour using free WiFi on your phone. Small collection but great history from the formation to modern day. Small gift shop onsite, but not in museum. You can on certain days pay extra for the factory tour, weekdays only I think. Best €17 I spent for a few hours of interest.
    Written 7 November 2022
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  • janettoli
    New York City, NY201 contributions
    We walked here to see this since its my husband namesake. We were lucky enough to be there during a wedding ceremony. Absolutely beautiful worth checking it out. Very close to the mall.