PIAZZA MAGGIORE: the heart of the city! We'll discuss Giambologna’s work:
The beautiful fountain, dedicated to Neptune XVI°C. Close by is the
PALAZZO DEL COMUNE (city hall).Antidotes and stories brings this beautiful
palazzo to life.
Inside, beyond the courtyard, lies a grand staircase built for
horses to ride into the Cappella Farnese. Next door is SALA BORSA: Inside
beneath the glass floor, you can discover one of Bologna's archaeological
sites, once home to the Etruscans.
PALAZZO RE ENZO (King Enzo's Palace), reveals the legends of king Enzo,
son of emperor Frederick II, who was defeated and kept prisoner here till
his death in 1272. SAN PETRONIO church is defined the latest monument of
the Gotico in Europe but the facade remained unfinished…
Why? I will tell you the history of that building, dream and pride of the
citizens… The sundial on the floor is also worth seeing. The
ARCHIGINNASIO, was built in 1563.The walls inside are covered with
thousands of coats of arms and you will seat in the Teatro Anatomico dated
1637, decorated with wooden skinless statues.
Beyond these splendid buildings you'll find a maze of alleys always full
of people looking for the typical products of Bolognese cuisine. Bologna
is known as "La Grassa", the fat, where you can find parmigiano,
prosciutto, fruit and vegetables of many colors.
The visit will finish under TWO LEANING TOWERS. The Asinelli tower reaches
97.20 m and the Garisenda tower leans 3.22 m. These towers are Bologna's
signature symbols ( for more details see the specific itinerary).