Bologna Classic Walking Tour by hcj


									Our walking tour
starts in Piazza
Maggiore, the
heart of the city,
and its Fontana del
Nettuno, one of
Bologna's symbols.
We will discuss this
beautiful fountain,
dedicated to the
sea god, and
Giambologna, who
created this
scandalous statue
between 1564 and
»    Close by there is the Palazzo del Comune (city hall) built in the XIII and XIV centuries. Anecdotes and
    stories dating from the time of its construction, bring this beautiful palace to life. Inside, beyond the
    courtyard decorated with terracotta
»   friezes, lies a grand staircase built for horses to ride into the Cappella Farnese, which is famous for the
»   inauguration ceremony of Carlo V of Hapsburg in 1530. Next door is Sala Borsa, Bologna's public
    library, known as the "Piazza of the third millennium". Inside beneath the glass floor, the guide will
    show you one of Bologna's archaeological sites dating back to 13th century BC, once home to the
    Villanovian and Etruscans.

»   Palazzo Re Enzo(King Enzo's Palace), built between 1244 and 1246, reveals the legends of king Enzo,
    son of emperor Frederick II, who was kept prisoner here from 1249 till his death in 1272.

»    San Petronio church, considered the latest monument of the Gothic style in Europe, has an unfinished
    facade, as many architectural details inside and outside… Why? During the visit the guide will tell you
    the history of that building, dream and pride of the citizens…Although unfinished, the basilica is huge:
    132 meters long, and can accommodate 28,000 people. The middle portal or Porta Magna and its
    bas‐reliefs are to be considered as outstanding examples of the sculpture of the XV century. The
    sundial on the floor is also worth seeing

»    A stroll through the Medieval Market or Mercato di Mezzo streets is a must in Bologna: beyond these
    splendid buildings you will find a maze of alleys always full of people looking for the typical products of
    the Bolognese cuisine. Bologna is known as "La Grassa", the Fat, and it’s here that you can find
    Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), Prosciutto, fruits and vegetables of many colours, pasta and
    pastries shops.
» Crossed the market, we will get to
  Piazza Santo Stefano, the most elegant
  and charming square of the town. The
  square takes the name from a group of
  religious building known as the Sette
  Chiese (seven churches), among the
  oldest in Bologna. The first church
  dating back to the V century, is a
  wonderful example of Romanesque
  style, rich in treasures and symbols.
» Our walking tour of will finish under the
  Two Towers: the Asinelli Tower which
  reaches 97.20 mt. and the Garisenda
  Tower which is about 35 mt. tall. These
  tower are a symbol of Bologna which in
  the Medieval times was known as the
  “turrita”, the city of the towers, which
  were about 100.

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