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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  • Bologna is a fascinating city full of so much history and culture. Piazza maggiore reflects the importance with its palaces and its architecture is the Bologna still alive and present in everyone's heart. Deserves to be admired. Often crowded with students and tourists, beautiful at any time of the day
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  • The whole stands out. The Cathedral is worth a visit, especially the chapel of the Kings Magi. There are several beautiful buildings and looks much night the great fountain of Neptune.
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  • A place to watch the tourist activity in the centre of Bologna - includes the Cathedral, Neptune statue and a whole variety of attractions nearby.  more »
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  • Beautiful piazza in the center of Bologna. Limited food options but lots of coffee and wine. Lots of shopping too, so long as you remember the scale of bologna. Very scenic. Nice church. Great place to walk or meet people.
  • The main Square in Bologna! Very central, vast and aesthetically appealing with the Dome on one side and other important buildings from the city's past! Adjecent to the square is a statue of Neptune! A very pleasant place both for a walk during day time and during night time! I had the opportunity to see it even under the snow and that made the square even more charming!
  • You can't be in Bologna without crossing by this Piazza. There are a lot to do around here. It is the route to the small delis, cathedrals and artistic stuff in the area. Would recommend to stop by there obviously (beautiful) but there isn't much to do.
  • Un miscuglio di vari artisti che si dilettano esprimendo le proprie doti artistiche in più campi. Poter ascoltare la musica e girare intorno al centro storico osservando le particolarità tipiche italiane é sempre bello. Enjoy!
  • Really chilled place with some lovely authentic charcuteries and market stalls just off the main piazza. Much less touristy than other piazzas in Italy that I’ve seen so far. And the statue of Neptune is pretty impressive!
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