We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 133 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book Now

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
279 visitor photos
Write a Review

1,218 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    747
    393
    65
    8
    5
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Province of Rimini, Italy
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This very large piazza forms the hub of Bologna. Of particular interest was Basilica of San Petrionus, which has an intriguing history based around the facade. For centuries, the powers to be of the time could not agree on how it should be finished. The result.......it has never been finished! The top half of the facade s made of brick.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The Piazza was so beautiful, interesting architectural designs of the square... great food, and cafés. Also some great places to shop for top of the line fashion.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chippenham, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It is impossible not to be awed by the buildings surrounding the square. Sadly, on this visit to Piazza Maggiore many of the facades were covered due to restoration work, but turn your eyes upwards and you are rewarded with various types of architecture. Or look about you and people watch, whilst drinking a cold beer or prosecco. If you... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Stafford
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Lucky to see 4 films as part of the Bologna film festival. Great out door cultural event. Cafes and restaurants surround the Piazza.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rijeka, Croatia
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
58 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Whan we came a lot of rebuilding was in progress but anyway the square is beutiful and nice to see. Fountain is smaller than expected but there is art in small, too. Bologna has several small restaurants and caffees. Parking is rtaher expensive and far from the historic center but here we are and we want to see all attcartions... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

When we were there there were large film screens in the Piazza. It's just a short walk from the Two Towers

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Arriving in Piazza Maggiore was when we really knew and felt that we were in the heart of bologna, it was buzzing with locals and tourists alike. The magnificent architecture all around and Neptune at it's center. I snapped away happily with my camera, a real people watching, cafe hopping, food sampling pinnacle.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Piraeus, Greece
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

...street music on every corner, ice cream cones, people taking selfies under the statue of Neptune, the eart of the city beats in Piazza Maggiore.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
258 reviews 258 reviews
118 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

One of the most peculiar Italian squares surrounded by historical buildings, churches and the famous Neptune fountain. Impressive!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paris, France
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Despite the lack of sitting spots (except the seats set up in summer for open-air movies!), your eyes can not stay at rest. Plenty of perspectives to see and pictures to take.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Piazza Maggiore also viewed

 
Bologna, Province of Bologna
 

Been to Piazza Maggiore? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Piazza Maggiore, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing