Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

4.7
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.
Create an itinerary including Piazza Maggiore
map
Places to stay near Piazza Maggiore
Piazza Maggiore Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
7,621 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • 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
    View original
  • 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.
    View original
  • 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 »
Google
  • great holiday here in bologna and this square itself is wonderful, with street performers in the center and steps leading up to the cathedral which are great to sit on for a break or a bite to eat. there is also a very good visitor center. highly recommend and will definitely return.
  • This is the center of Bologna. It is historic, surrounded by old stone buildings. It is always crowded, with live performances in the afternoons and surrounded by open-air diners. I strongly recommend that you visit this place .
  • All roads lead to Piazza Maggiore! Lovely square upon where the cathedral sits. to the left of the cathedral are two streets with bars and snacks and the 'central market' - delightful place to wander and soak in the local life
  • It was an exciting experience at the Piazza Maggiore. The enormity and beautify of the piazza and the ancient edifices around it leaves a feeling of wonder and amazement at the depth of man's intelligence.
  • Very Nice place. Beautiful architecture and there are a lot of bars, coffeeshops and restaurand around the streets going there. You can enjoy a walk there as you listen to street music.

Plan your trip to Bologna

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Piazza Maggiore by other users

40 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CHILE May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Italy BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Italy & Paris BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Bologna BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Italy BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Bologna BY A USER FROM ROMANIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Bologna & Tuscany BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Italy, Granada & Marbella BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Italy BY A USER FROM BELGIUM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Bologna BY A USER FROM ITALY April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Bologna BY A USER FROM GERMANY June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans