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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • They are rehabilitating the statue of Neptune and the palazzo comunale by what square loses some of its splendour
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  • 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.

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