Thursday, April 27th
Meeting Point: Palazzo Re Enzo
Time: from 6.00 pm
Piazza Maggiore. The first approach to the city starts from its Main Square, which has witnessed the most significant events of the city over the centuries and is surrounded by its imposing public buildings, such as Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo d'Accursio.
Neptune Fountain. This artwork by Giambologna and Tommaso Laureti dominates the homonymous square and is the symbol of the papal power in Bologna.
Basilica of San Petronio. The best loved church of the Bolognese people, characterized by the unfinished façade preserves interesting artworks of different époques and the longest meridian line in the world, dating back to the 17th century.
Archiginnasio. This elegant palace, whose walls are fully covered with colorful coat of arms, was the first unified seat of Bologna prestigious University: the most ancient in the western world. It conceals the unique Anatomical Theatre where anatomy lessons, and dissection of corpses, took place.
Medieval Market and Mercanzia Palace. The old narrow streets of this picturesque area have been hosting the town market since Medieval times; it is today the best place to see all the gourmandises that made Bologna worldwide famous.
Two Towers. Once Bologna was known as the “Stone Forest” due to the great number of towers built within its walls. These two leaning towers, part of the town skyline for over 900 years, are now the outstanding symbol of those ancient times.
Santo Stefano. Part of this exceptional ancient religious complex, also known as “the seven churches”, was built over a pagan temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis. On the square, one can admire some of the most beautiful palaces in the town.