A stroll around the city
Piazza del Nettuno: meeting point
The tour starts from the Fountain of Neptune, also known as “The Giant”, one of the most famous monuments of the city and one of its undisputed symbols. The statue was built between 1563 and 1567 by the Flemish scupturer Jean de Boulogne.
*only on opening days (tue-sat). Sala Borsa building now houses an important library: it is difficult to find in the city a place that has changed its appearance and use so many times in more than 2000 years. By visiting Sala Borsa we make a real journey through time!
Piazza Maggiore is the beating heart of the city. The square was embellished during the centuries with important buildings: the Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d’Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo dei Bianchi.
Basilica di San Petronio
After having admired from the outside the imposing mass of the basilica with its unfinished façade, we visit the church and its many treasures, including medieval stone crosses, the famous frescoes of the Three Kings’Chapel and an impressive meridian.
This important palace was the seat of the University until 1803. In 1838, it became home to the Municipal Library. Inside we admire thousands of curious coats-of-arms and student names and the stunning anatomical wooden theater.
Delicatessens, jewelers, butchers, fruit and vegetable stalls, fishmongers, bakeries, historic workshops and other handicraft activities: the “Quadrilatero” area has an ancient tradition and kept its trade vocation throughout the years.
One of the most charming squares of Bologna, it is dominated by the ancient basilica of Santo Stefano, also known as “the seven churches”. Today we can admire four of them and a beautiful romanic cloister.. a real doozy!
The itinerary ends under the two towers, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, symbol of Bologna and essential element of the city skyline. The towers are strategically placed at the entry point in the city of the ancient Via Emilia (Aemilian Way).
Historical centre and university district
Walking through the old town we learn how walls can have a voice: they tell us past and present stories, they make us reflect and wonder and they reveal us a bit of Bologna's most underground identity.