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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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  • Beautiful square, very safe, full of cops. All points of interest one step away from each other. Worth the ride.
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  • The Centre of Bologna, in the middle of the historic part of the city. Access to all the lovers of gastronomy, we are up to, whether purchased, even just a museum or other sights you want to see. But you can also stay in the area, as it is full of life. In my opinion the Simoni or towers. Oh, and the Basilica is worth looking into for several times.
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  • Every time I come to Bologna I don't miss this opportunity to take a stroll downtown. It is a city that I love for its architecture and the carefree. ... and unfailingly once you set foot in the Center comes to mind "... in the Centre of Bologna is not lost even one child ..."
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  • You have to visit here when in Bologna, in fact you won't be able to miss it, it's huge! Lovely little eateries down the narrow side streets you are bound to find one that suits your taste. It's just a short walk from the twin towers and surrounded by lovely architecture.
  • Beautiful town square. Perfect for people watching but take a drink if you're planning to stay a while.
  • Beautiful piazza. We lucked out and there was a concert of a local band playing American 1950's/1960's music outside. Very enjoyable, like most piazzas in Italy.
  • Greatest place in Bologna. Always something going on in this place. The church is amazing and there is normally music or artists.
  • Talk about atmosphere! A lovely square bathed in artwork. Probably not the best idea to pay for the restaurants here, but definitely worth some time to stroll through and check out the various art pieces on display. You can get the poor-man's view of Michelangelo's David in the reproduction in one corner of the square.