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Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
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Ranked #5 of 136 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
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Georgetown, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the plaza and found it charming and filled with historic areas. I think all will come to the plaza if in Bologna and it is a place to come to! A plaza is a plaza!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Nice sunny spot for a sit down. Impressive buildings all around the square. A good central starting point to visit the rest of the city.

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London, United Kingdom
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Nice building with good choice of colour and texture, lots of people sitting on the steps of the church taking in the good weather and ambience. Even though the area was busy, it was a very calm and quite place, and felt very spiritual. Great memory of Bologna

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Bucharest, Romania
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Large central piazza in Bologna , surrounded by shops , good place to get your bearings , then set off on your travels down all the alleys and along the porticos .Be sure to get a map so you don't waste too much time getting lost .

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

There were 2 major festivals in Piazza Maggiore in the 2 weeks we were there. Celebration for San Petronio on the first week-end. As we were leaving, there was the mortadella fair, mortadella being a local product.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The central piazza of Bologna is imposing and impressive. On a recent visit, it saw preparations for a week of concerts in connection with the celebration of San Petronio, the city's patron saint. This tended to fill up the piazza with a huge stage and lots of vehicles and equipment, all of which detracted a little from the majesty of... More

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

You just must get to Piazza Maggiore. It s like a fair on weekends and evenings. Everyone is out. During the day make sure to visit Chiesa di San Petronio, and be sure to see the Meridian Line. Best on sunny day about 12:30pm.

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Pula, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Here I feel so gooooood I can stay all day just siting, listening street player and look around...feeling good. I liked the place very much. I stayes every day there for a few ours.

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Roeselare, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Always something to do or see in this epicentre of Bologna. Visit all the buidings around the square and say hello to Neptune. Buy some food in a store in the streets around the square and enjoy the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Love this square with all the students sitting around studying. City has a young vibe. At night this area is magical. We were lucky enough to see a free concert set up in the piazza one night we were there. it was an orchestra and it made it even more memorable.

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