Bologna Captures the Beauty of Italian Culture with Piazzas, Towers and Architecture
Bellissima! That's the only way to describe Bologna Italy. Beautiful! As one of Italy's most preserved historic towns, Bologna is famous for its medieval walls, gardens, parks and ancient churches. As the capital city of Emilia Romagna in northern Italy, Bologna lies between the Po River and the Apennines, making for a lovely natural setting.
Thriving as a centre of culture as well as education, Bologna is a university town that also has a reputation as one of Italy's culinary wonders. The heartbeat of Bologna is found in the city's two main squares, the Piazza Maggiore and the Piazza del Nettuno. Most of Bologna's main tourist attractions and historical monuments are within walking distance from the Piazzas, including the two leaning towers of Garisenda and Asinelli.
These towers were constructed during the 12th century, and today are still symbols representing Bologna far and wide. During the Middle Ages, Bologna contained dozens of these lofty towers as they were status symbols representing prosperity. The smaller of the towers, the Garisenda, is not accessible to visitors, while the taller Tower of Asinelli offers a panoramic view of the red-tile roofs of Bologna and the lush landscape beyond.
These ancient structures present a window into Bologna's architectural past, while attractions like The National Picture Gallery capture the cities artistic history and deep-rooted elements. The gallery traces Emilia Romagna's paintings created from 1200 to 1800. The stunning collection consists of works by Giotto, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Carracci and Guido Reni.
To really catch a glimpse of the area's culture, get a bird's eye view of the yearly procession from Saint Peter's Church. Each August, an effigy of the Madonna is carried from the church of San Petronio down Via Saragozza and up the hill to The Portico of San Luca.
Created by architect Carlo Francesco Dotti, The Portico of San Luca is a work of genius that harmoniously connects all its diverse levels. The first level of the portico runs along Via Saragozza then fuses with the second part, climbing the hill through the Arch of Meloncello. This is all quite a sightseeing vision for anyone.