Are you planning to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Italy and don't know what to visit or see? Here are some advice to discover Bologna both off the beaten tracks and also the most famous points of interests.
Let's see what are 5 things to do in Bologna.
1. BOLOGNA WALKING TOUR
The first thing to do when you arrive in Bologna is to explore the city off the beaten tracks: see what usually tourist don't see.
You have the possibility to discover Bologna from a different point of view, for free, with JM walking tour. Joining a free Bologna Tour you will see hidden places and a passionate local guide, will explain mysteries, secrets, and traditions of the city.
2. VISIT PIAZZA MAGGIORE
The Piazza Maggiore is the main square in Bologna’s historic center. Visitors can admire the old buildings all around, and the beautiful Neptune fountain, while sipping a drink at one of the many outdoor cafés. The Basilica of San Petronio is also worth a visit.
The first stone was laid in 1393, but it was continuously modified for over 200 years. The church is one of the largest in the world, and is particularly striking for its incomplete facade.
3. CLIMB THE ASINELLI TOWER
Bologna's two leaning towers are the city's main symbol. Located in the very centre, the taller of the two, the 97.2m-high Torre degli Asinelli (the tallest leaning medieval tower in the world), is open to the public and offers an amazing view of the city from up top.
While the other tower, called Garisenda, will definitely shock the visitors for its distinct lean.
4. A WALK IN THE OLD MARKET AREA
A medieval market area, the Quadrilatero sells all the traditional Bolognese delicacies: delight your senses with Parmigiano, tortellini, tagliatelle, ragù, Lambrusco, and much more. It’s a culinary journey through narrow streets for those of you who wish to know all the wonderful goods of Bologna.
Visitors should try the mortadella, which was invented in this gastronomic epicentre, ordering a plate of cold cuts in one of the quintessencial hosterias closeby, or warming up with a flavorful dish of tortellini with meatbroth.
5. VISIT BASILICA OF SANTO STEFANO
Bologna's most unique religious site is this atmospheric labyrinth of interlocking ecclesiastical structures, whose architecture spans centuries of Bolognese history and incorporates Romanesque, Lombard and even ancient Roman elements.
Originally there were seven churches - hence the basilica's nickname Sette Chiese - but only four remain intact today.