Wander the historic heart of the Bologna city center in Piazza Maggiore. Constructed in the 15th century, the plaza maintains its medieval charm. Bordered on all sides by historic buildings, it now serves as main area for leisure and entertainment. Admire the Italian-Gothic facade of the Basilica of San Petronio, or visit the 16th-century Palazzo dei Banchi. You can relax in the plaza while enjoying live music and street performances. Our Bologna trip planner makes visiting Piazza Maggiore and other Bologna attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Piazza Maggiore Reviews
Bellissima piazza centralissima piena di negozi e ristoranti di ottima qualità visita guidate per scoprire angoli nascost more »Beautiful central square full of high-quality shops and restaurants guided tours to discover hidden corners
A huge square, good atmosphere, impressive buildings. The front of the basilica was never completed, looks “different”. more »
This piazza is quit interesting with buildings that have stood for the last 400 plus years with various architectural styles. The church has been designed to permit ambient light. The meridian line on the floor if the church is amazing, with the designers seat at the bottom of the right-hand side window when viewed from the inside.
Big square. The centre of Bologna. There was an event in July - August 2019 that everybody could enjoy an outdoor cinema together. That was a great experience.
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