To me, any visit to Bologna should include going up the Asinelli Tower, with its 98 meters it is the highest of the medieval towers that were lifted above the city. From the highest pint you can enjoy a panoramic view of vertigo above the city where you can see the Saint Luke Basilica and, on clear days, you can see until the ALpes and the Adriatico Sea. The Asinelli Tower (constructed in 1109 and 1119), along with the Garisenda, are located strategically in the entrance of the city, for military reasons. Now you can go up the first (Asinelli), functioning as a viewpoint. Open hours: Everyday from 9.00 to 18:00h (in the summer), and from 9:00 to 17:00h (in the winter). TO arrive here you can take the bus lines 13, 14, 19, 25, and 27. It costs 3 Euros to enter.
The Piazza Maggiore is the heart of Bologna, the heart of the city, and has the important buildings of the city, including the Palace of the Podesta (XIII century), Town Hall, rebuilt in the late fifteenth century, on the east side, the Palace of the Banks, built in the XVI century due to Vignola, next to the church, the Palace of the notaries (XIV-XV centuries), and on the west side there is the Palazzo Comunale (XIII-XV) , San Petronio and the Neptune Fountain Square. Although I visited on a Wednesday during the night, it was as if it were a Saturday! Really full of people!
The Basilica of Saint Luke is one of the tourist attractions of this pretty city, named the red city, red for it´s roofs and for being, for years, one of the central roots of the Communist Party. To arrive from Bologne to this marvelous construction of 291meters on Colle Della Guardia, you have to cross the longest road in the workd, with 666 acres (funny number, haha), and more than 3.5 kilometers long (see photos.)
hello, In the museum you will find the most legendary cars of the company. The museum is located in the town of Maranello. Tickets are priced around 12€ depending on age. Upon arriving to the museum, a girl dressed in Ferrari clothes will give you the opportunity to drive in a Ferrari. Make sure you read the contract well as some will have cluases which will not offer to cover 100% of accidents. Otherwise the museum is quite good and all the years they change.every year it is different.
This is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Europe and a World Heritage Site. Construction started in 1099 under the direction of architect Lanfranco, where the tomb of St. Geminianus is, the patron saint of Modena. Since the V century, two churches were built in the same place, but both had been destroyed. The saint's remains are still exhibited in the crypt of the majestic cathedral. The rosette was added by Anselmo in the 13th century, while the two lions supporting the columns of the entrance are from ancient Roman times, and were probably discovered during excavation to lay the foundation. Inside, the cathedral is divided into three naves. Between the nave and the crypt is marble parapet by Anselmo da Campione representing the Passion of Christ and the Last Supper. The pulpit was designed by Arrigo da Campione, and is decorated with terracotta figurines. Another interesting piece is the wooden crucifix from the XIV century.
In the heart of Bologna, in the Piazza Maggiore, is one of the most iconic symbols of the city - Neptune's Fountain. The Bolognese affectionately refer to him as "il Gigante" because of his size. The fountain was completed in 1565. Legend has it that before a big exam any student who wants to have luck on his side must spin twice clockwise around the fountain, just like John of Bologna did around the Neptune's projecting pedestal, thus initiating his fortune and his atonement for the "defeat Florentine".
Situated a few kilometers from Bologna, this is a city with a lot of tourist attractions. It was an important center of the medieval and Renaissance and had one of the most sumptuous cuts. It features medieval quarters, and at the other end of the city, many Renaissance palaces, between the two: churches, gardens, squares and museums that make it a delight to walk through. The Palazzo dei Diamanti hosts prestigious exhibitions and is an art center of the first magnitude. UNESCO also named it a World Heritage Site.
I would say it is the most important civilian building in the city, the Castello Estense or Castle of the East, also known as Castle of San Michele. It is a square brick building which has has four defensive towers and is surrounded by a moat. It is located in the city center, a few steps from the cathedral and also the palace of the same name. It was started to be built in 1385 and was partially restored from about 1554, the flags on the top of the towers date from the latter date. It really looks like its out of a film.
Little more can be said than the historical data cited by the Anadel, so I'll just talk about my personal experience. Few buildings that I have seen are so simple and so wonderful inside. It's an explosion of colour provoked by mosaic masterpieces full of sensitivity. It's the monument I liked Ravenna. This deserved monument was built for the rest of a woman with the most exciting biography imaginable: Gala Placidia, Queen of the barbarians and the Roman Empress.
When you spend a while looking at churches (and even though you like almost all of them), you very rarely get knocked speechless. Well, upon entering this basilica I was at a loss for words...it was like nothing I'd ever seen before. The circular structure has different domes but the incredible apse decorated in super-detailed mosaics is the best part. Ravenna is already famous for its mosaics but this basilica takes both technique and visual splendor to a different level. You can spend hours looking at the colorful little stones that give life to these stories and characters. It's simply beautiful. It's a clear example of Byzantine art and a very unique structure. The Basilica of San Vitale is definitely worth making the trip to Ravenna.
Near the Palazzo del Comune is the Duomo or cathedral dedicated to San Giorgio - according to a now lost inscription the church was built by Guglielmo degli Adelardi I (died 1146), ve is buried in it. The sculpture of the main portal is the work of the artifex Nicholaus, mentioned in the lost inscription as the architect of the church. The top of the main façade, with arcades of pointed arches, dates from the thirteenth century and the portal had lions lying and elaborate sculptures above. The interior was restored in Baroque style in 1712, because of a disastrous earthquake in 1570 that destroyed not only the interior of the cathedral, but also numerous buildings throughout the city. After this restoration the Porta dei Mesi was closed at the imposing entrance on the south side. The campanile, in the Renaissance style, dates from 1451-1493, but the top floor was added in the late sixteenth century. It is one of the prettiest squares in the country with a palace, cathedral, castle and street stalls that make wandering around this part of the town an absolute delight. Beautiful!
This is one of the oldest architectural gems in the city. The Abbazia di Santo Stefano is a set of four preserved medieval churches, the remains of a total of seven. All are located under one roof. The Crucifix Church (XI century), San Sepolcro, Santi Vitale e Agricola (V century) and Santa Trinita are the names of the four churches that house important works of art from different centuries. On the inside there is a small shop with handmade products made by the monks of the order.
It was built by order of Theodoric in 505 for Aryan worship by his people, but was consecrated for Catholic worship in the sixth century. The nave, twice as wide as the sides, ends in a semicircular apse, and is bordered by twelve pairs of columns supporting arches. Like all churches from Ravenna's imperial period (up to 476), Ostrogothic (up to 540) and Byzantine (after 540), St. Apollinaris Nuovo also has some wonderful and colorful mosaics. However, they do not belong to the same period: They belong to the period of Theodoric and others belonging to the reconstruction ordered by Bishop Agnello, when the building was reconsecrated for Catholic Christian worship. Look for the three figures of the Magi, are delightful.
This is one of the most important buildings in Bologna, as it is the site of the first European university, in the eleventh century. On the walls of the gorgeous garden, you can see the shields of all the families who donated money to the university (I assume this was in exchange for their children to study). Very interesting.
The construction of this basilica, dedicated to San Petronio (the patron of Bologna), began in 1392. It was originally planned to be larger than St Peter's in Rome, but a papal ban meant that the facade was never completed. The exterior offers a good example of Gothic architecture, and the interior is richly decorated with a central room at the back where you can see the original plans by the architect Palladio.
The center of Bologna is a magical place where you can spend hours strolling around enjoying the sights. The towers and churches of this Italian city are magnificent, but certainly the most beautiful and striking are the streets of Bologna and its unique charm. The facades of the houses have a special color that remind me of houses in Rome, the difference is that while the predominant color of Roman buildings is yellow, here the predominant color is red, hence why it is also known as the red city. I loved walking around the streets because they are full of people and noise. In addition, there are hundreds of arcades everywhere, so if you are unlucky enough to go out when it's raining (as in my case) you will have no problem walking around without getting wet and without having to use an umbrella. There are a lot of young people living in Bologna due to its university. Bologna has the oldest university in the entire West. It was founded in 1088 and thousands of Italians come to live here each year to attend the university.
If you're at Bologna airport, a bus that takes half an hour and costs 10 euros will drop you off in front of the train station. It's a good place to look for a hotel in the center that will suit you so you're able to visit different city monuments and artistic things from the Emilia Romagna, like Ravenna, Modena, Ferrara, etc. Even Florence or Venice which are about an hour and a half away. All those places are filled with art and culture, and on top of that, good food. I'll tell you about a little place in the Hotel Excelsior, but on the same sstreet from NH to Mercure. Also the city center is a few minutes' walk through the beautiful arched streets lined with shops.
This small city in Italy is the birthplace of Byzantine mosaic. Don't miss the Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo, the Baptistery Neoniano, the Basilica of Saint Vitale, and especially, the great Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. I advise you to buy an inclusive ticket for all of the sights for 11.50€. You can travel by foot because all the monuments are close together.