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 1566. » 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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