Weekend Breaks to Bologna
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Top 10 Things in Bologna on a Short Break
Living up to its name, this hotel has large rooms with beautiful views of the local surrounding hills. The friendly management provides you with a sparkling clean hotel in a prime location. Single, double and triple rooms are available. V. Livraghi, 1 (Tel: 051221802)
Speak with the owner Gianna, known to her loyal patrons as Mamma, as she creates absolutely spectacular pizza right in front of your eyes. If you cant speak Italian its no problem, she speaks English very well. Open Monday to Saturday. No cover charge. V.S. Stefano 76/A (Tel: 051222516)
Rated by the younger Bolognese as one of the greatest outdoor summer festivals. Starting in mid-March and continuing till July, it features three open-air discos, multi-layered bars, and a coming book and record bazaar. All of this set on an enchanting floodlit hillside. (Tel: 051532272)
Designed and built by Antonia da Vincenzo in 1390. the Bolognese originally plotted to make there Basilica larger than St. Peters in Rome, but jealous Church officials would not have it, and diverted funds to be used instead to build the nearby Palazzo Archiginnasio.
Just behind S. Petronio, formerly a university building covered with memorials to and crests of notable scholars. It is now used as the local town library, and houses a multitude of books. Totally destroyed by the World War II bombings of 1944 and then reconstructed from thousands of pieces of rubble, is the anatomical theatre, which can be found up-stairs. Ask the portiere to open it. (Tel: 051236488)
Found within is Giambolognas famous 16th century bronze statue and fountain Neptune and Attendants. In Greek myth Neptune reigns over the seas and a collection of water-babies and erotic sirens. This statue has some x-rated trivia about it, ask any Bologna resident to show you, at one point it appears as if Neptune is holding more than just a trident. Other items not to be missed are the clock tower, Nicolo dell Arcas terra-cotta Madonna and a Menganti bronze statue of Pope Gregory XIV.
Displayed on the walls of this palace are photographs of Italians who lost their lives in the war and concentration camps, while fighting for freedom from Nazi Germany. Its a chilling reminder of Italys struggle in World War II. Victims of the more recent right-wing extremist attacks, which target trains and the Bologna train situation in 1974, 1984 and 1980, are also remembered here.
Known as Bolognas medieval quarter, its formed by the converging of seven different streets. The citys emblem can be found here, two towers which were built by the two principle families of Bologna. The Asinelli and the Garisendi competed to see who could build the tallest and most beautiful tower. The Garisendi were careless and their tower collapsed while the Asinelli reached a height of 97m, and awared the title of the fourth highest tower in Italy.
Pay close attention or you might just miss it, as the buildings do not appear to be university affiliates, only the small signs above the doors mark them as such. Zona is Europes oldest university campus, founded almost 900 years ago. The buildings are also plastered with political posters reflecting the ideals of the Italian Communist Party which is based in Bologna.
The Museo Civico Medioevale can be found in the 15th century Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava at V. Manzoni. It contains a superb collection of sculpted tombs of medieval Bolognese professors.
The museum displays armor, reliquary objects, and various items of everyday medieval life, But the highlight must be the Pietra di Pace, which depicts the Virgin and Child surrounded by kneeling students who came to terms with the commune in 1321 after protesting the execution of a fellow student.
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