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Visiting Piazza Maggiore Bologna

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Located in middle of Bologna, the Piazza Maggiore offers historical building that built from 1200. The best things to do in this spot are visiting the historical place, shopping in old market and hunt some traditional foods.

A day in Piazza Maggiore Tour

A day in Piazza Maggiore Tour

1. San Petronio Church

1. San Petronio Church

The Bassilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna, in northern of Italy. Based on volume, it is the tenth largest church in the world. It has 132 metres long and 66 metres wide and 51 metres in tea facade. The church was built to dedicate for Saint Partonius, a bishop of Bologna in fifth century. It is the best things to do after see the Piazza Maggiore and then visiting the Basilica of San Petronio.

2. Piazza Della Mercanzia

2. Piazza Della Mercanzia

Besides the panoramic of Piazza Maggiore, the best things to do at Bologna is visiting Piazza Della Mercanzia. It is a gallery which is merging three building previously used as customs and toll house. The building was built in 1348 under the direction of Antonio di Vincenzo and Lorenzo Bagnomariono. It was completed in 1391 but the elegant construction finished in 1439. It was then rebuilt 1949 because a bomb exploded nearby led to the collapse of half the façade. Façade is made of brick and Istrian stone and features two deep gothic arches that makes it seem taller. Small marble balcony just out between two mullioned windows above the arches, which the judges of the merchants’ court would read their speech. An elegant spire rises above the balcony covering one the dovetail merlons at the building top. Based to local traditional, bans and speech of the merchants’ court were read out from marble canopy at stroke the bell named Lucardina. Visiting Piazza Della Mercanzia will be the best things to do if you trying to get around by foot and taking some picture.

3. The Ancient Market Area

3. The Ancient Market Area

This ancient market develops in the area of Piazza Maggiore. The ancient market in the street of the Quadrilatero, Bologna. This neighbourhood had already hosted the great part of the artisans’ corporations since middle age. It has border by four roads, Via Rizzoli, Via dell’Archiginnasio, Via farini and Via Castiglione. The best things to do in Quadritero is hunting traditional food, because Quadrilatero is a place that has top restaurants and cafes and really recommended for food lover. Finding Tagliatelle al Ragu and Green Lasagna are wine bars that you can have an apertivio or alcohol with nice Mortadella dish and other dish typical sausages is another best things to do at Bologna. In Via Pescherie Vecchie, you can buy tortellini and other handmade pasta. then, the best things to do is shopping branded product, you can shop and find all kinds of shops from extra luxury to the mid-range.

4. Santa Maria della Vita Church

4. Santa Maria della Vita Church

The Sanctuary of Maria della Vita that was designed by Bibiena is a church in central of Bologna, near of Piazza Maggiore. Visiting the Sanctuary of Maria dellaVita is the best things to do in Bologna. It was founded in the second half of the 13th century by Congregation of Battuti. The inside of church features an elliptic layout and an elegant open style. Santa Maria della Vita is a cultural artistic and museum itinerary. For the additional information, the museum and Oratory (Via Clavature, 8) are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10: 00 am to 12:00 pm and from 03:00 to 07:00 pm. And the Sanctuary (Via Calvature,10) is open from Monday to Saturday from 07:30 am to 07:00 pm and Sunday and public holidays from 04:30 to 07:30 pm.

5. Due Torri

5. Due Torri

Visiting Due Torri is the best things to do in Bologna. Due Torri has means two towers. It is a symbol of Bologna city. The construction of towers from 1109 to 1119. The taller tower named Asinelli, and the other has name Garisende. The name of towers from clan that have contribution to build the towers. Based on story, the towers represent competition between clan Asinelli and Garisende but the story has not many proofs. The height of Asinelli towers is 97,2 metres and Garisende tower is 48 metres.

Piazza Maggiore Bologna Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

If you have a visit to Bologna and want to see all of building, you can buy tickets on the spots or buy online tickets and you can pick up the tickets when arrive in Bologna. Other way, you can buy Bologna Welcome Card in any Bologna welcome tourist. You can choose level €30 or €20 and start your experience in Bologna.

How To Get Around?

Bologna is a friendly city and has many tourism place. An efficient public transport system allows to go quickly anywhere in city. Many taxies are available for tourist 24 hours a day. And then, many car rental services with drivers can pick you up to around the city. The best things to do to get around Bologna is using bicycle. You can feel new athmosphere there.

What Should I Wear?

Jeans, shirt and shoes are the best choice, if you have short visit in Bologna. You should combine with hat, shawl or sunglasses.

Piazza Maggiore Bologna Facts

Best Time to Visit

Average temperature in Bologna vary drastically. But the best months for visits are June, July, August, and September, because Bologna has warm weather. But if you’re looking to get some experience, Christmas mass in Bologna for example, the best month to go to is December.



Will I Need a Guide?

No, transportation is easy and all of around people can understand English. You can find anything in internet. But if you want to know more about the past and the present of Bologna’s story, you can use an expert local guide service for telling the story.

How To Get There?

Getting Bologna from neighbourhood cities can be done by using bus or train. Using train or bus from neighbourhood countries such as France, Spain or Croatia. Guglielmo Marconi International Airport is an international airport in Bologna. You can reach in middle of city by using the aerobus – BLQ line in few minutes. During the summer season, many flights from Spain, France, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Germany etc, to Bologna. For information, you can check in Bologna airport website to receive actual information about departing or arriving airline in this season.

Additional Info

If you walk or bike just remember to bring your maps. It will help you to find another top attraction.

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