15 Best Things to do in Bologna (Italy)

Bologna serves as the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy and has a current population of approximately 387,000. with a greater metropolitan population of just over 1 million inhabitants. Bologna occupies a central location in Italy and lies to the north of Florence, to the South of Venice and to the South East of Milan. Throughout history, Bologna has served as a major cultural and economical hub in Italy and has been ruled by the Etruscans, Celts and Romans respectively.

From the 18th century onwards, this city was part of the Papal States until the Napoleonic area in the 1700’s. Major economies in Bologna include the manufacturing industry, and a strong financial sector. Furthermore due to its location, the city also serves as a major transport hub. As a major university city and its long history, Bologna has a wonderful array of cultural sights, fantastic architecture and high quality museums.

Lets explore the best things to do in Bologna:

1. Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore

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Piazza Maggiore

As the central square in Bologna, the Piazza Maggiore is located right in the centre of the city and serves as an important historical place.

This square is packed full with important buildings including the Pallazo d’Accursio, the Palazzo del Podesta, the Basilica di San Petronio and the Palazzo Comunale.

Furthermore to the north west of the square sits the Piazza del Nettuno that contains the famous Fountain of Neptune.

Admire the fantastic architecture, visit the palaces and basilica, or sit and enjoy a fine Italian meal at one of the restaurants nestled in the Porticos.

A fantastic vibe and atmosphere can be found at the Piazza and open air movies and concerts are sometimes held here.

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15 Best Things to do in Bologna (Italy):

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  • Piazza Maggiore: flickr
  • Asinelli & Garisenda Towers: flickr
  • San Petronio: flickr
  • Archiginnasio: flickr
  • Bologna Archaeological Museum: flickr
  • Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna: flickr
  • La Piazzola Market: flickr
  • Santuario della Madonna di San Luca sul Colle della Guardia: wikipedia
  • Santuario della Madonna di San Luca: flickr
  • Torre Prendiparte: flickr
  • Oratory of Battuti: flickr
  • Museo per la Memoria di Ustica: flickr
  • Santo Stefano, Bologna: flickr
  • 2 Cheese Tortellini with Artichokes, Olive Oil and Parmesan: flickr
  • Portico, Bologna: flickr