Bologna’s old town is a neat pedestrian area without traffic.
The guided tour takes you through the historical center of Bologna with its arcades and towers from the Middle Ages. You will visit Piazza Maggiore, the heart of Bologna with its imposing palaces: Palazzo Re Enzo, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo dei Banchi. Admire the Neptune Fountain, a late renaissance masterpiece by Giambologna.
In the beautiful Basilica of San Petronio, you can appreciate the Bolognini Chapel and the remarkable meridian of Cassini.
Through a hole in the church roof, the noonday sunbeam reaches the church and shows the month, day, zodiac sign, and the time from and to the day and night match. Even today, the meridian in the San Petronio Church, planted in the church floor in 1655, is the longest in the world.
Stroll the elegant boulevard of Bologna and reach the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, palace to the famous University of Bologna. Bologna University is the oldest university in the western world. The official year of foundation was set to the year 1088. You will visit the coat of arms and the famous anatomical theater, a characteristic historical amphitheater of anatomy lessons.
Around the lanes of the farmer’s market, you find picturesque shops and fruit and vegetable stalls. Continue to Piazza Santo Stefano with the monastery of the same name.
The tour concludes with a visit to the medieval towers of Asinelli and Garisenda, the landmark of the city.