bologna at a glance A treasure-trove of monuments to its rich cultural heritage, Bologna is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Along the city’s famous proticoed streets lies a venerable collection of medieval palaces, Renaissance churches, popular squares--such as Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno—a skyline marked by the campanile of Santo Stefano, and the Asinelli and Garisenda towers, which are two of the city’s few remaining towers that were constructed by Bologna’s important families in the 12th century. The city is home to Europe’s first university, which lends a youthful jubilance and an array of hip eateries and cafes to Bologna’s charm. Additionally, Bologna houses one of Northern Italy’s most important art collections at Pinacoteca Nazionale. Other highlights include the 14th century San Petronio, a church near Palazzo Archiginnasio that’s considered to be among Italy’s greatest medieval brick buildings, and Museo delle Cere Anatomiche, where waxworks and models of organs and limbs blend science and art.
don’t miss: 1. the Porticos of bologna
2. Tagliatelle al Ragù Bolognese
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3. ducati motorcycles
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