Welcome to one of the most creative cities in Italy (please leave the clichés aside!)
For me, Bologna has a special meaning, as it is the place I had always been longing for so badly since high-school. Coming from a small town, the capital city of Emilia Romagna, has always been a magnet to me, because of its thriving, cultural life: its theatre performances (in particular the playback theatre on stage at the Arena del Sole), its excellent bookshops (the ones devoted to art books in particular), the big exhibitions put on at the Pinacoteca, or at Museo Morandi were (and still are) a Mecca for me!
Bologna is one of the main Italian cities (in 2019 it had about 400.00 inhabitants), home of one the most important university in Europe, founded in 1088 AD. Today, its student community can be consider a sort of “city in the city”, as it counts more about 80.000 people (hosted both in the main campus of Bologna and in the satellite campuses located in other major towns of Emilia Romagna) and it represents the added value to this beautiful city.
No matter if you are spending just some hour, or a few days in Bologna, I will be glad to show you the main attractions of this city and take you in some of its most iconic places (bar, coffee shops, traditional markets and innovative restaurants) where you could really enjoy the true atmosphere of this city.
- Tour “Classic 1”
The tour starts in Piazza Maggiore and will be focused on Piazza Maggiore, Piazza del Nettuno and the Fountain of Neptune, Basilica of San Petronio, Basilica of Santo Stefano and the iconic Two Towers (Asinelli and Garisenda). Duration: ca. 2 h 30
- Tour “Classic 2”
The tour starts in Piazza Maggiore and will be focused on Piazza Maggiore, Basilica di San Petronio, Church of Santa Maria della Vita, Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio. Duration: ca. 2 h 30
- Tour “Classic 3”
The tour starts in Piazza Maggiore and will be focused on Piazza Maggiore, piazza del Nettuno, Basilica di San Pietro, Basilica of San Domenico. Duration: ca. 2 h 30
The “specials”: additional tours dedicated to some very special sites:
- The Pinacoteca (Nationalal Gallery) of Bologna
Don’t be afraid of the vastness of this museum! The National Gallery of Bologna is really big and hosts an extraordinary, huge collection. In our tour, we will select the most iconic paintings, the ones which “hide” special stories, or the “big names”, that is, those artists, whose works have coughed the spirit of their time:Giotto, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio), El Greco. Last but not least: the National Gallery is hosted in the former monastery of Saint Ignazio, characterized by big halls and vast rooms, where the social distancing was a fact (long before Covid -19…!).
- Outside tour: Bologna and its palaces
The main streets of Bologna (but also some secondary roads) are characterized by elegant facades of ancient palaces. Some of them date back to the Renaissance, some others to the Neoclassical period, some are more ancient and still have some medieval elements. From the Palazzo Isolani, to the Pepoli Campogrande, to Malvezzi- Campeggi, to Palazzo Bocchi, this tour will give us the chance to explore the history of this city, starting from the histories of the some of the main families who lived and made their personal fortune in Bologna.
- Outside tour: Bologna and its porticos
Together with the Due Torri , that is the Two Towers of Asinelli and Garisenda, the porticoes, that can be seen almost everywhere (in the centre, as well as in the suburban area), are the true symbol of Bologna. Developed for about 62 km, whose greatest part (about 42 km) is to be found in the centre of Bologna, the porticoes represent a crucial heritage for Bologna: as a matter of fact, most of them were private spaces (their maintenance was up to the palaces’ owners), but they could be used also for public needs. Given their historical and symbolic importance, the Porticoes of Bologna have been submitted to the List of Nominations for UNESCO World Heritage, which is the final step to be officially included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (the final decision will be communicated in 2021 – cross our fingers!).