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About BolognaThe territory of Bologna ranges from the southern part of the Po Valley to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. If you want to visit this beautiful city and its surroundings, we suggest you to use a rental car to move in comfort.
Bologna, the regional capital, is an ancient university city. Known for its towers and arcades, it has the second largest medieval historical center in Europe after Venice. The architectural and urban structure preserves all its original splendor: elegant palaces and ancient churches are home to valuable works of art that make clear the cultural relevance that this city of central and northern Italy experienced during the modern and contemporary era.
Architecture and historyThe medieval structure of the historic center of the city is still visible, with the main streets branching out to the suburbs according to the ancient structure of the Roman decumano, currently corresponding to Via Ugo Bassi and Via Rizzoli. The city offers visitors numerous glimpses of its past such as the city walls that surround the central area dating back to 1300 and which has 12 access doors.
The symbols of the city are undoubtedly the two towers, that of the Asinelli (98 meters) and the Garisenda (48 meters, mentioned in Dante's Inferno), a monumental complex that dates back to the early municipal age around 1100. The ecclesiastical architecture of Gothic style is of great importance in Bologna. The main churches of the 200 and the 300 are connected to the diffusion of religious orders, among these we point out San Domenico, San Francesco, San Giacomo and San Martino.
In the same period, the monumental complex of Piazza Maggiore, which includes the palaces of the Podestà and of Re Enzo, the Palazzo Comunale and the Basilica of San Petronio, started in 1390. There is no shortage of fine examples of Baroque art. to be connected to religious architecture, such as the churches of San Paolo and San Salvatore and the cathedral of San Pietro, which has Roman origins. The offer of artistic and cultural events in the city covers all the possible needs of its visitors.
The city's theaters, the Arena del Sole, the Teatro delle Celebrazioni and the Teatro Comunale offer performances of various kinds, from contemporary authors to the classics of international theater. To the south of the city, the hills are a green reserve just a few minutes from the historic center, which can easily be reached by rental car. Here are hidden monumental architectural jewels such as villas, churches and monasteries, including the Church of San Michele in Bosco and the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine di San Luca, on the Colle della Guardia.