Via Farini is one of the main shopping streets near Piazza Maggiore. Lined with boutiques and designer stores, Via Farini is every shopaholic's dream destination. From clothing and accessories, to books, music and even food stores, all that you need can be purchased with juts one walk through this street. Be sure to bring a good amount cash or a credit card, since most of the boutiques are rather expensive.
Established in 1088, the Università Di Bologna is considered to be one of the foremost and oldest universities in the world. It is also the largest university in Bologna with over 11 schools and 85,500 students enrolled in its various programs. The university offers courses as diverse as merchandising, popular science and gender studies. Not only does the alumni boast of the likes of Pope Alexander VI and Dante Alighieri but the faculty are among the best while largely modernized amenities set this institution apart from the rest. Check website for more details on courses offered.
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One of the most popular historic places of worship in the city, Basilica di Santo Stefano comprises several holy buildings, built and renovated over centuries. The complex consists of: The Chiesa del Crocifisso, the Chiesa del San Sepolcro, the Chiesa dei Santi Vitale and Agricola, the Chiesa della Trinita, the Benedictine Cloisters, the Chiesetta della Madonna del Loreto (protector of aviators), the Chapel of Santa Giuliana and the Chapel of the Cross. The Romanesque cloister, with its loggia columns topped with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic capitals, is the ideal place to reflect on the beautiful mystique of this legendary place.
One of the largest churches in the world and Bologna's most beloved, Basilica di San Petronio forms the focal point of Piazza Maggiore. Construction began in 1390, however, Antonio di Vincenzo's original designs were never fully realized, and the church remains incomplete even today. The bottom half of the facade is bedecked in red and white marble, replete with sculptures by Jacopo della Quercia and other master artists, while the rest is a simple front of bricks. Together, these two halves come together to paint a striking picture of flawed beauty. Inside, Italian Gothic influences abound with red-hued, rarefied pillars lit up by an ample flow of natural light, while the 22 side chapels preserve an extensive array of ecclesiastical art. Also of note is the Meridian line designed by the astronomer Gian Domenico Cassini in 1655; it is the longest of its kind in the world. Dedicated to the city's patron saint, the church was originally envisioned as a public space, rather than a place of worship, and has played host to several momentous events such as the coronation of Charles V in 1530, presided over by Pope Clement VII. Originally owned by the city, the basilica was only consecrated in 1954 and has since been one of the city's most revered churches.
Erected in the Baroque style by Carlo Francesco Dotti in 1741, this church is perched on top of a hill overlooking the city of Bologna. Energetic tourists and ambitious joggers make the trek of just over three and a half kilometers (two miles) up to the majestic Santuario up the long portico lined with 666 arches leading from Porta Saragozza to the sanctuary on Colle della Guardia. Built in honor of an image of the Madonna, the edifice is beautiful, both for its architecture and its exclusive view. Each May the citizens of Bologna carry the figure of the Madonna around the city in procession. People travel from all over the world to take part; it is said that doing so is of great spiritual benefit.
The Basilica Santuario di Santo Stefano, the oldest and most attractive of the city's religious sites, also houses a museum containing artifacts from the period 1300-1800, which were obtained from restoration works carried out in the chapel on the same complex. The lovely works include polyptychs, tryptychs and canvasses by Jacopo di Paolo, Lippo di Dalmasio, Simone dei Crocifissi and Alessandro Tiarini. The small museum, divided into two rooms, Cappella della Benda and the old Sala Capitolare has also put on display the beautiful reliquaries of San Floriano from the 1300s and San Petronio built by Jacop Rosetto in 1380.
Desired by Pope Benedetto XIV, the magnificent University library was built in 1741, and is housed inside the Università Di Bologna. Having been designed by Carlo Francesco Dotti, it became a part of the Science Institute and contained the collections of Pope Benedetto XIV, the naturalist researcher Ulisse Aldrovandi, Cardinal Monti and others. Today it contains over 900,000 volumes, almost 3000 letters and autographs and thousands of manuscripts such as the Paolo Diacono from the 12th Century, an Avicenza in Hebrew from the 15th Century as well as many other illustrated works. The inside has been decorated with frescoes by many of Bologna's famous artists.
This prestigious art gallery is located near Piazza Maggiore. It is in a beautiful building which dates back to the medieval period, and exhibits valuable artistic works from the 16th-19th Centuries. Most of these works are from the Flemish and Nordic schools. The paintings include still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. The Gallery has an Art shop next to it which sells antique books, postcards, prints, and engravings, as well as porcelain, and period costume jeweleryy.
The Philharmonic Accademy is located inside the 16th-century Palazzo Sanvenanzi. In 1627 it became the property of the Carrati Counts who started up the Accademy, which still exists today, in 1666. In 1770 the young Mozart took the entrance exam. Today the Academy contains many objects and instruments which belonged to famous musicians, ancient musical scores, and valuable portraits. The instruments and canvases on exhibition include a precious organ dating back to the end of the 17th Century with 350 organ pipes, a Respighi piano, and a portrait of the Patron Saint of the Accademia by Elisabetta Sirani. There is an important archive and library in the Accademia.
The Museo Europeo degli Studenti has objects, books, photos and newspapers from all over Europe that document the history of university students since the Middle Ages. There is also an archive and a library. If you visit it, do not miss the lovely hall of Santa Lucia.
The Palazzo della Cassa di Risparmio was built in 1877 and is one of the most eclectic buildings in Bologna. It can be found at Via Farini 22, and was designed by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni, author of Palazzo Poggi-Cavazza (also in Bologna) and designer of the porticoes in Piazza Duomo. He also designed the audacious and innovative glass and iron vaults in the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.