24 Fun Things To Do in Bologna Italy

During the Middle Ages, Bologna was one of Europe’s largest cities and is home to the world’s oldest university. The University of Bologna was founded in 1088 AD and still matriculates students today.

Piazza Maggiore and its surrounding ancient city is incredibly well-preserved, thanks to careful restoration and conservation work.

There’s so much to see and do in Bologna, Italy; here’s some of what I experienced during my visit.

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore is home to some of Bologna’s most important medieval-era buildings.


San Petronio Basilica

The Basilica di San Petronio lies at the southeast edge of the central Piazza Maggiore and dominates the square.


Fountain of Neptune

The statue, which stands 4 meters tall, was constructed as a symbol of the Pope and the Catholic Church’s power over the people of Bologna.


Towers of Bologna

The two most famous towers are the Asinelli Tower and the Garisenda Tower, which lie at the intersection of the two main streets of the old city. 


Climb the Asinelli Tower

It is Bologna’s largest tower, at 97.2 meters high, and it actually leans more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa!


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