This is a wonderful 'people-watching spot. Settle on a sunny bench, with these amazing medieval towers leaning slightly drunkenly to point to an azure sky, and let the busy world whirl around, Chattering students from the world's oldest university scurry by, scooters buzz past, but there are not too many camera-laden tourists. This is a real slice of Italy. So sit and dream of the spaghetti bolognaise named after your present surroundings or treats from the cheese shop round the corner – or what you might buy in the amazing weekly market. And if that blue sky beyond the looming towers does turn grey, some 38 kilometres of arcades allow you to explore this ancient city while still sheltered from the rain. Only twenty medieval defensive towers remain out of some 180 that were built in the 1100s and 1200s and this central pair have become a stunning icon for Bologna's medieval heritage.
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