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2-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna
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2-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna

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Explore Bologna on two wheels on a bike tour focused on the city’s history. Meet a local guide and go for a cycle to see arcade-lined streets, the University of Bologna, and Giardini Margherita. Learn about Bologna’s architecture and medieval history from your guide. Bike past palaces, churches, and fountains during this comprehensive tour.
$45.89 per adult
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Jo_and_Tom wrote a review Mar 2020
Anna, Ohio1,420 contributions246 helpful votes
This is part of Plaza Maggiore with the Jail on one side, the Basilica on other and Town Hall Opposite. It is a beautiful building that will be seen in the square
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Date of experience: March 2020
Jivko V wrote a review Mar 2020
Sofia, Bulgaria1,546 contributions91 helpful votes
Palazzo Re Enzo is at the Piazza Maggiore. It is with a very beautiful architecture and it was originally built to be an administrative building, later became a prison of King Enzo of Sardinia, in the 1200's. Now it is mainly place for exhibitions. Some cafes are situated there.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review Feb 2020
Pula, Croatia4,237 contributions33,915 helpful votes
In the beautiful Piazza del Nettuno there is an interesting and beautiful palace, Palazzo Re Enzo. It takes its name from Enzo of Sardinia, Frederick II's son, who was prisoner here, from 1249 until his death in 1272. The palace was built between 1244-1246. as an extension of the nearby Palazzo del Podestà, which had proven insufficient for the exigencies of the Commune of Bologna. It was therefore initially known as the Palatium Novum ("New Palace"). The historical story is extremely interesting but at the same time very sad. Enzo was an illegitimate son of the Hohenstaufen emperor Frederick II, who appointed him 'King of Sardinia' in 1238. He played a major role in the wars between Guelphs and Ghibellines in the creation of Imperial kingdoms of Italy. Enzo was captured 1249 by the Guelphs at the Battle of Fossalta, and after a short stay in Anzola he was moved here, where he remained until his death. Enzo was allegedly left free within the palace by day, but by night he was kept into a cage hanging from the ceiling. He was also allowed to meet women, it is mentioned that he had three daughters, but a legend talks about a fourth son he had with a peasant woman, Lucia di Viadagola. Subsequent history is extremely important and interesting. The son was called Bentivoglio, from the words "Amore mio, ben ti voglio" that he said to his beloved (meaning "My love, I'm fond of you"), and he would be the ancestor of the Bentivoglio family, later rulers of Bologna. The interior of the Palace is beautiful. At the centre of the colonnaded courtyard, there is an ancient sandstone well, while on the right-hand side you will find the ancient Chapel of St. Mary of Prisoners, which was recently restored and decorated by British artist David Tremlett. On the first floor from the loggia, the Salone del Podestà is accessed through a covered passageway and a majestic solid wood door. The spacious Salone del Podestà, which was once a courtroom, was used as a Public Theatre between 1581 and 1767 (the second version of the Euridice was performed here in 1616) and later became a court for ball games. Beautiful Sala re Enzo is located on the second floor of the building and covers around 400 sqm.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Doyleygirl wrote a review Feb 2020
Harpenden, United Kingdom304 contributions129 helpful votes
The perfect place to stop for drinks, coffee and while away the time admiring all the architecture that is Piazza Maggiore.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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john b wrote a review Oct 2019
Valparaiso, Indiana754 contributions206 helpful votes
Again, we did not go in so maybe I shouldn't be reviewing but I loved the Piazza so much I'm taking the time to tell you to go to Bologna to see the magnificent Buildings and enjoy the food. Best in Italy ( IMO).
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Date of experience: October 2019
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