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. Make Piazza Maggiore a part of your Bologna vacation plans using our Bologna vacation generator.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Lovely Piazza in the centre of town - the Tourist Information centre can be found in this Piazza. Central location to catch the City hop on - hop off bus as well as the tourist train to St Lucia  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    As it is the case in many italian cities, the central place is usually a must-see as it is the heart of historic district. Unfortunately the Neptuno fountain is being restaured so it is not visible. P...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    They are rehabilitating the statue of Neptune and the palazzo comunale by what square loses some of its splendour
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  • Astonishing. I was lucky to spend a year in Bologna and came here every week. The adjoining streets are filled with small bars and restaurants, some simple Italian, others more upmarket. Superb food markets for those who can stay and cook for themselves, and lovely shops. A great place to forget the time, talk (or not), read and watch the world.
  • The piazza is has clearly been the central meeting point for all types of activities for centuries. The plaza itself is very spacious and there are many cafes and restaurants on adjoining streets. It is a good place to relax in the sun or catch your bearings.
  • I loved this place! It`s probably the main attraction site of Bologna, live music is playing, so many restaurant, enjoying people. Definitely a mood refreshing place!
  • Extremely beautiful, but most of the city looks the same to me, hence it doesn't add so much value to me going here. If you're into history and ancient architecture, it's a must visit. The half-ready cathedral is interesting.
  • Unreal piazza during the day. It stays sunny, there is usually live music or some sort of entertainment. There are Cafe's and places for aperol spritz. At night this piazza is typically dead. You're better to go to piazza Verdi or piazza San Francesco.

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