Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

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Wander the historic heart of the Bologna city center in Piazza Maggiore. Constructed in the 15th century, the plaza maintains its medieval charm. Bordered on all sides by historic buildings, it now serves as main area for leisure and entertainment. Admire the Italian-Gothic facade of the Basilica of San Petronio, or visit the 16th-century Palazzo dei Banchi. You can relax in the plaza while enjoying live music and street performances. Our Bologna trip planner makes visiting Piazza Maggiore and other Bologna attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Beautiful central square full of high-quality shops and restaurants guided tours to discover hidden corners
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  • A huge square, good atmosphere, impressive buildings. The front of the basilica was never completed, looks “different”.  more »
  • Large, beautiful and crowded square that represents the real center of bologna. Around this square are the most interesting and historical places in the city. There are many beautiful buildings and the large fountain of Neptune. Among all I recommend the visit to the basilica of St. Petronius, for its greatness and where it is possible to admire in the chapel of the wise men a painting depicting among other things also Muhammad in hell pierced by Lucifer.For the presence of such a painting, at the entrance law enforcement is present. Also interesting is the climb to the terrace.
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  • This piazza is quit interesting with buildings that have stood for the last 400 plus years with various architectural styles. The church has been designed to permit ambient light. The meridian line on the floor if the church is amazing, with the designers seat at the bottom of the right-hand side window when viewed from the inside.
  • Big square. The centre of Bologna. There was an event in July - August 2019 that everybody could enjoy an outdoor cinema together. That was a great experience.
  • Never thought of Bologna to be a super place, normally we just speed by on our way to south Tuscany. Happy to visit it; parked our car close by Piazza Maggiore. Enjoyed the medieval city, the old towers, cathedral, palaces and of course...the small streets with trattoria's. Big hams, delicious sausages, cheeses and...wines. From now on...we stop and have breakfast, lunch or just a drink in Bologna on our way to the southern parts of Italy
  • It's just what you think Italy is. Old world charm, great local food, and usually some music from street artists. Well policed, but watch your bags, some pick pocketing. Overall nice safe place with fantastic old architecture
  • At the heart of the city is this beautiful Piazza where you can visit many historical sites and catch several of the cities tours. The tourist information office is also located here and can help you find what you are looking for. Special events are also held in the Piazza so it can get crowded or have workers setting up stages, chairs, etc.
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