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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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  • Piazza maggiore is a must stop for tourists. The square is elegant whilst being full of students, young and adults that enjoy some fresh air. The square is circumvented by extremely beautiful ancient ...  more »
  • Loved this city. Had never considered it as a destination before but lots to do and see. Very flat and walkable so accessible for those with restricted mobility  more »
  • Along with the Piazza Nettuno and nearby, it forms the center of the historic centre of Bologna. It is pedestrian and portico. Its buildings represent the struggle for power in the middle ages. On the one hand, religious power (Church of San Petronio); on the other hand, the civil power (palazzo dei Podestà or town hall and the former headquarters of the bankers or palazzo dei Banchi). The shops and bars under the portals added interest for pedestrians.
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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.