Sights & landmarks in Bologna

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  • sueoversizedjordan
    Bologna, Italy13 contributions
    Sculptures in the piazza are of particular interest. The temporary exhibition took place in the past September 2020 and could happen more.
    In fact we could meet the Bolognese Nettuno at other cities too, like in Laeken in Belgium (La fontaine de Neptune) but perhaps not the Nereids. They are quite special. Not to mention that the cityscape is amazing. This is thanks to the operation of the city government keeping with Unesco heritage regulations. New buildings and businesses must not interfere with the existing landscape of the city.
    Written January 31, 2024
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  • Peter T
    Tamworth, UK398 contributions
    A really set of old church building blended together. Its free (with a donation), has a museum and shop so definitely worth a visit. Its set in a pretty and small piazza. Check timings for entrance as part of it is a working church. Spend the time (1-2 hours) to walk around and take in the history, plus enjoy a coffee in the lovely piazza - before or after.
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • ErkiBear
    London, UK380 contributions
    We didn't go up the towers as I am not keen on either heights or confined spaces but they are striking landmarks. Amazing to think how they were built all that time ago and what Bologna would have looked like with them all standing! Gorgeous in the evening with the swallows swooping around them and the sun setting...
    Written October 13, 2023
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  • Mikethepipes
    London, UK1,226 contributions
    We drove all the way up, lots of parking spaces, haha we missed all the steps.
    Nice 360 degrees of Bologna.
    Worth spending a couple of hours up there.
    Written February 15, 2024
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  • Peter T
    Tamworth, UK398 contributions
    A beautiful church, free on the day to visit. Some beautiful alcoved statues to religious icons. A serene and peaceful place that you must see. Thre are optional things and just need to make sure you time your visit right. The ceilings in the alcoves are beautifully decorated.
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • Peter T
    Tamworth, UK398 contributions
    A small museum inside a small museum. Worth visiting just to see the Teatro Anatomico which has amazing wooden carved statues of famouse medical men of the area from yesteryear. A beautiful and unusual room with fantastic wooden carvings and decor throughout. The rest of the museum is ok, not a must do for me, but definitely worth seeing. I can imaging in the summer it will be packed and lots of queuing.
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • Kyriaki D
    Athens, Greece4 contributions
    I would like to go back in time ,to be a student again ,just to take classes at this university.
    it is so impressive!!!
    the library,the murals,the ceilings ,the symbols of the old students. everything is amazing!!!!
    Written January 31, 2024
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  • Angelo S
    Hilliard, OH3,623 contributions
    Tucked away in the heart of Bologna and overshadowed by San Petronio and Santo Stefano is this beautiful Baroque church with a Romanesque facade that contains the mortal remains of Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican order.

    Outside, there is a large piazza containing a statue of Saint Dominic and two tombs with room to walk, and sit to admire the front of the basilica.

    The chapel where the arc containing his remains is highlighted with three statues carved by Michaelangelo. All around the church are wonderful pieces by Lippi, Reni, Todeschi, Torelli and a host of others. If you are an art lover, you can spend hours here admiring the works without the large crowds at San Petronio or Santo Stefano.
    Written December 13, 2023
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  • Davieland
    Auckland, New Zealand630 contributions
    Situated in a pretty piazza, Neptune greets you as you enter. Lots of detail in the sculpture and worth a visit when visiting Bologna.
    Written January 5, 2024
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  • daveumich
    3 contributions
    The church is not terribly large, but it is beautiful. It appears that tickets are necessary for only the fascinating sculpture to the right side of the main altar and for the oratorio. The oratorio is open until 6:30pm (18.30), but the last admission is at 6:00pm (18.00).
    Written November 20, 2023
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  • rossao
    Essex, UK47 contributions
    Make sure you are fit and able if you are walking this, brilliant experience but god was i tired when i reached the top, only to have to get back down after! you can take a bus up to the top but part of the experience I feel is walking it. Lovely views of Bologna at the top. Toilets and a water the top.
    Written November 23, 2023
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  • betteskid
    Boston, MA1,328 contributions
    We loved wandering around here and just looking at all the foods. Everything looked just amazingly delicious (and we did sample a few things and they were great). The atmosphere of the market was a bit different than some others we have visited and there are many restaurants and cafes in the area which add to the visit. I would definitely be sure to stop here when you visit Bologna.
    Written August 23, 2023
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  • Gregory W
    Mankato, MN3,383 contributions
    Cattedrale Di San Pietro a.k.a. Bologna Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Peter and is the seat of the Archbishop of Bologna. Most of the present building dates from the 17th century, with a few parts from the late 16th century. There was already a cathedral on the site (on the present Via Indipendenza) in 1028. This church was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1141. It was reconstructed, and consecrated by Pope Lucius III in 1184. The campanile is the 2nd largest in the city.

    Written November 29, 2023
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  • Corrado R
    Vedano al Lambro, Italy1,106 contributions
    Wonderful view when you are at the top.
    There are many wooden stairs to climb and I saw some chaps in difficulty.
    Definitely worth a visit.
    Written November 26, 2023
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  • Nicholas N
    Copenhagen, Denmark903 contributions
    It's a hole in the wall so you can see the river. Quite a cute feature and worth goint a small detour to see.
    Written January 13, 2023
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