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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  • I'll just write about something that perhaps, others have not. We spent an enjoyable evening outside in the piazza, watching a French film subtitled in Italian (we speak neither of these languages...  more »
  • Bologna is surely one of the big cities to visit in Italy. The old town is actually quite compact and many sights are very close to each other. The heart is definitely this square: The Piazza...  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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