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10 essential places to visit in Bologna

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This list of the best places to visit in Bologna It will help you prepare a trip to one of the least known and most beautiful cities in Italy, which we are sure, will surprise you.
Located in the north of the country, this city nicknamed «The Red City» Because of the color of the buildings and the roofs, it has been one of the great surprises in our trips and as such, we always recommend investing at least two days to enjoy it to the fullest and take advantage to know one of the best preserved medieval historical centers, one of the oldest universities and one of the best gastronomies in the world.

Based on the experience of the time we spent in the city during our trip to Bologna, Rimini and San Marino, we have made this selection of what we believe are, the 10 places to see in Bologna essential. We start!

1. Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore or Plaza Mayor is the epicenter of the old town and one of the most essential places to visit in Bologna. Most buildings in the square have been preserved since medieval times and among them are the Basilica of San Petronio, the Communal Palace, the Palace of Podestá, the Palace of King Enzo and the impressive Fountain of Neptune.
The Basilica of San Petronio dedicated to the patron of Bologna, was to be the most imposing church in the world until the papal authority stopped its construction when it saw that it would surpass the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome and although it ended up being the fifth largest in the world , it is worth visiting its immense interior to see several masterpieces such as the Mystical Marriage of Santa Caterina and the frescoes of Giovanni de Modena, in addition to its huge polychrome stained glass windows.

Another of the buildings in the square that you can not miss is the Communal Palace with several spectacular rooms such as the Farnesio Hall, the Communal Council, the Vidoniana Gallery, the Urban Hall, the Library or its interesting Pinacoteca.
After taking a walk through the square seeing historic buildings and their beautiful arcades, you can say goodbye by taking two turns to the impressive Fountain of Neptune, something they say, brings luck.


2. The Two Towers

The twin towers of Garisenda and Asinelli are the only two that are conserved of the more than 200 that the city had in medieval times. Of these two towers, which initially had defensive functions, only Asinelli's remains in good condition and visits are allowed. Although the climb to its almost 98 meters is hard, we assure you that when you reach the top and see the incredible views of the city, you forget any kind of effort.
Visiting hours: every day from 9am to 6pm. In winter it closes an hour before.

Basilica of Santo Domenico

Map of the best places to see in Bologna

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