The best things about Bologna in 48 hours for us
Portici di Bologna
The “Portici of Bologna” the city's symbol, will accompany you during your holiday and allow you to discover it even in the rain. The only city in the world with over 50 kilometers of “portici” that lead to the sanctuary of San Luca.
The sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca, overlooking the city from the hill of the Guard, 300 metres above the city plain. The people of Bologna know they are at home when they see from far the dome of San Luca.
Basilica di Santo Stefano “Sette Chiese”
The basilica of Santo Stefano encompasses a complex of religious edifices in the city of Bologna. Located on Piazza Santo Stefano, in the heart of Bologna, it is locally known as Sette Chiese ("Seven Churches") and Santa Gerusalemme. After visiting “Sette Chiese”, you can enjoy a good Italian coffee in a unique atmosphere.
Torre degli Asinelli
The Asinelli tower is one of the so-called two towers of Bologna, the city's symbol. The Asinelli tower, high 97.2m, is considered the highest leaning tower in Italy. The students of the prestigious university, Alma Mater Studiorum, the oldest of all the Occident, founded in 1088, for good luck doesn’t go up on the tower until graduation.
Archiginnasio e Teatro Anatomico
The Archiginnasio of Bologna was the seat of the ancient University and is now the public library. Inside, on the first floor, we find the anatomical theater, where corpses where sawn up during anatomy lessons.
Piazza Maggiore is the main square of Bologna, and is surrounded by the most important buildings of the medieval city. In the evening you can enjoy a glass of wine while enjoying a unique atmosphere. Here are located the most important medieval buildings in the city: Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo Re Enzo, Fontana del Nettuno, Palazzo d’Accursio, Sala Borsa, Palazzo del Podestà.
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
The sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita is located in the historic center of Bologna, just a few steps from Piazza Maggiore. Inside the Church, the famous Compianto sul Cristo Morto by Niccolò dell’Arca is preserved, that “scream of stone”, as it was defined by Gabriele D’Annunzio. Not to be missed.
Cattedrale di San Pietro
It is the cathedral of Bologna. Inside the church we find the paintings by Ludovico Carracci and Donato Creti and “Compianto sul Cristo Morto”.
Basilica di San Domenico
The Basilica of San Domenico, just a few steps from our apartments, contains also works by Guercino and Michelangelo.
Palazzo Fava Ghisilieri
Palazzo Fava hosts exhibitions.
Palazzo Pepoli – Museo della Storia di Bologna
It is a museum dedicated to the history of Bologna.
Mercato delle erbe
The Mercato delle Erbe is a green market in the center of Bologna. It’s full of locals where you can enjoy the Italian excellence. There are several spaces dedicated to the consummation of the typical food: pizza, mozzarella, pasta etc. with the possibility of being both inside and outside.
Finestra sul Reno
By way of Piella, in the center of Bologna, there is a small window from which you can see a glimpse of the Reno channel that crosses the city.
It is a network of roads in the center of Bologna, who welcome the best of the food production of the region's tradition in small shops.
Mercato di Mezzo
The Mercato di Mezzo is one of the most important historic places of the culture of the Bolognese food, a few steps from Piazza Maggiore, in the Quadrilatero. It was completely renovated in 2014. On three floors, you can purchase and consume the typical Italian food: Pizza, meat, fish, bread, pasta, cakes, beer, wine. You can eat the food bought inside or in the outdoor tables, near the Chiesa Santa Maria della Vita.
Osteria del Sole
A few steps from Piazza Maggiore, in an alley of the Quadrilateral area is the Osteria del Sole. Opened in 1465, it offers the chance to live the typical Bolognese tavern atmosphere. The unique characteristic is the possibility to consume food bought in nearby shops, drinking local wine in the company of other guests. Then you have to know the Bolognese people!
Giardini Margherita is the Park of Bologna. Just 10 minutes walk from us, ideal for a walk or to get ice cream with the kids.