Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

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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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  • The piazza is great, but take a walk down Via Pescheria Vecchio in the morning and be amazed! Little traditional traders selling fresh produce .... pasta, vegetables, fish, fruit....you name. Buzzing!  more »
  • I think it's the central piazza of Bologna. The Basilica di San Petronio is located there as well as many buildings of architectural interest. There are many main streets close the piazza, but also...  more »
  • Piazza Maggiore is a must if you are visiting Bologna. From there you can get everywhere: Galleria Cavour, the 2 towers, via Zamboni, etc etc. Sit on the stairs in front of the cathedral and take few minutes to meditate and contemplate all this beauty ❤️
  • Lovely square, especially when it is lit up at night... Great atmosphere, especially when the film festival is on.... Great for people watching!

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