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Amazing Italy

Amazing Italy is an Italian tour and travel guide. Italy is presented to each and every tourist from the eyes and knowledge of a local guide. Amazing Italy has a variety of services offered, such as tour and travel guides, travel packages and student tours. Packages can be tailor made for every customer to their liking and comfort. A great option to explore and experience Italy, you can be sure of a memorable travel experience.

San Petronio Basilica

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.

Santuario della B.V. di San Luca

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.

Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is an impressive basilica in Bologna that is nestled upon a small hilltop. It was first constructed in 1193 CE and later redesigned by Carlo Francesco Dotti in 1757. Earlier a cable car used to lead up to the shrine until 1976. However, after the closure of the service, it can be reached by road. The sanctuary houses an icon of Mother Mary that is said to have been brought here during the 12th Century from Constantinople.

Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio

Located in the attractive piazza dell'Archiginnasio, the former home to the Bolognese studio, this library was established at the beginning of the 19th Century. Featuring a large, bright reading room equipped with long and spacious wooden tables where you can read quietly, Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio is decorated with the coats of arms of its noble students and lecturers. The bibliographic archives contain over 600,000 volumes, thousands of manuscripts, prints, engravings, and old geographical maps. A pleasant and fascinating place, the library is an unexpected delight for all visitors.

Modo Infoshop

There's no stopping for this well-established and successfully managed Modo Infoshop situated in Bologna. Founded in February 2003, this undertaking is a multi-purpose venue that hosts everything from art exhibitions and plays to concerts, meetings, lectures and conferences. Modo also possesses an in-house shop that sells comics, DVDs and CDs. They also offer their well-equipped spaces on rent for various kinds of events. For details about event schedules, do check out their website.

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