Throughout my travel and studies on world geography and history, I have researched on thousands of cities throughout the world. Bologna has an estimated population of 380,181 residents (according to a 2010 census) and is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna. Bologna successfully correlates both modern and traditional ideals, hosts Antique universities and is colored red, giving homage to its medieval heritage. Here are the top 5 things to do in Bologna, Italy:
- 1. Fontana Di Nettuno
The Fontana Di Nettuno, or Neptune’s fountain, is situated within the Piazza Nettuno in Bologna. Structurally, it depicts Neptune’s figure in bronze gesturing towards the fountain’s flowing waters as though controlling it. Unlike other fountains, the waters of the Fontana Di Nettuno are guided into unusually shaped and elasticised basins, giving the flow of water an almost ethereal feel.
- 2. Asinelli’s Tower
Asinelli’s Tower has been historically used for both civil and military functions. Visitors can scale approximately 498 wooden stairs to reach breathtaking views from a height of about 300 feet. If the height is worrying, at the base of the tower, visitors can educate themselves by viewing workshops of the city’s commercial functions.
- 3. Pinacoteca Nationale
The Pinacoteca Nationale, or the National Art Gallery, is an art museum specializing in the collections of famous painters like Raffaello, Carracci and Reni. Its works depict the evolution of Bologna art through the ages. It houses 30 exposition rooms and is constantly involved in the preservation, education and study of all artistry within Bologna.
- 4. Roam the streets
The walkways are a Bologna landmark created to allow covered paths to the city center. Originally made of wood, the walkways now are constructed from stone, leaving just one original wood walkway, the Cassa Isolani situated in Strada Maggiore. The walkways also provide a recluse from the seasonal changes. The charm and sanctity of its shadows, gives walking an added flair.
- 5. Santo Stefano Basilica
The Santo Stefano Basilica, or the seven churches, hosts an ensemble of seven ancient, consecrated buildings. Considered to be one of the most well preserved monuments, The Santo Stefano Basilica provides its visitors with an awe-inspiring delve into the depths of religious architecture. Unfortunately from the original seven, only four of the churches remain.
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