Bologna Travel Guide
Torre degli Asinelli and Torre degli Garisenda - Located at the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. These two leaning towers are the symbols of Bologna. The tallest of the two is the Torres degli Asinelli, which stands at over 100 metres, with 498 steps and a lean of 1.3 metres. There are amazing panoramic views at the top, from across the city and surrounding countryside. Torres degli Garisenda, stands at 49 metres and is closed to the public because of its extreme lean of over 3 metres. These towers were built in the 12th century as status symbols for the wealthy.
Basilica di San Domenico - Piazza San Domenico 13. This church is over 700 years old and has been restored many times. In the church there are many works of art, including the 16th century choir stalls and the ornate tomb of St Domenico. This church is amazing and is not to be missed.
Museo Civico Archeologico - Via dell'Archiginnasio 2. This museum is housed in an old hospital building, and has the most comprehensive collection of artifacts in Italy. Top exhitbits include Italy's major Egyptian collection; items from the Iron age Villanova culture; jewellery; artifacts from Etruscan Velzna; funerary art; terracotta urns; ancient vases; and some well-preserved items from Roman times. There is so much to see at the museum, you shuold set aside the better part of a day in order to have enough time.
Piazza Santo Stefano Aslo known as "Piazza delle Sette Chiese" (Seven Churches Square) as this is the number of the churches built one next to the other. This is surely one of the most romantic and fascinating square of Bologna and it is a favourite students' meeting point at lunch time or at night time.
The square was originally built in the VIII century on a pagan temple dedicated to Isis. The remains of the patron Saint Petronio are buried inside the Seven Churches.
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Galleria Marescalchi - Via Mascarela 116B This gallery features traditional art, on sale are paintings and prints by native son Morandi; Italian modern master De Chirico; and foreigners Chagall and Magritte. This is a great place to go if you're looking to buy some excellent works of art.
Bologna Parks & Gardens
Giardini Margherita - Located at Viale Gozzadini. This is bologna's main park and provides the perfect place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Created in 1875, the garden has much on offer to see and enjoy, including an oak woodland area; avenues lined with trees; pathways with many places to sit relax; and a small lake.
Orto Botanico - Via Irnerio 42. The beautiful botanical garden was created in the mid 16th century and is full of history. It has been enlarged and improved, and today it is home to over 5,000 diferent plant species. It is the second largest park in the city, housing a fully grown sequoia; a greenhouse for cacti and insectivorous plants; tropical plantas; Mediterranean shrubs; and medicinal plants. This is a great place to go and relax, amongst the beauty of nature.
Bologna Restaurants and Bars
Da Bertino - Via Delle Lame 55. This restaurant is one of the best in town, and is very popular with the locals and tourists alike. This is the place to go for traditional Bolognese peasant-style cooking, and is a great place to start sampling some of the local cuisine. Bollito and arrosto accompanied by a range of traditional relishes, are very popular.
Trattoria Gianni - Via Clavature 18. This is one top restaurants in Bologna serving a range of local dishes. It is very popular with locals and tourists and the prices are reasonable. The traditional bolliti, which is a variety of meats boiled in the Emilian way, is highly recommended.
Altero - Via dell'Indipendenza 33. This cafe is the best place in town to go for pizza. It is very popular with locals and tourists, the food is great and the prices are very reasonable. This is a great place to go and grab a quick bite to eat, while doing some sightseeing.
Bologna Bars & Clubs
Rosa Rose bistrot - Via Clavature 18b. This chic bar, with outdoor seating, is popular with Bologna's trendy crowd at aperitivo hour. They serve a wide range of wines; beers; and spirits, as well as some free snacks and light meals. This is a great place to go and have a few drinks, while mixing with some of the locals.
Clauricane Irish Pub - Via Zamboni 18. This is one of the most popular bars in town and is frequented by the student population from the university. They serve a wide range of drinks at reasonable prices. This is the place to go if you want to meet poeple, have some drinks and above all have a good time.
Kinki - Located at the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, under the two towers. This is one of the best nightclubs in Bologna and is popular with a younger crowd of locals and tourists alike. This is the place to go if your looking to party and dance all night long, while listening to all of the latest top dance hits. The location is amzing and the atmosphere fun and friendly.
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