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.
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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.
Located in the attractive piazza dell'Archiginnasio, former home to the Bolognese studio, this library was established at the beginning of the 19th Century. The large, bright reading room that is decorated with the coats of arms of its noble students and lecturers, is equipped with long and capacious wooden tables, where you can read quietly, is really pleasant. The bibliographic archives contain more than 600,000 volumes, thousands of manuscripts, prints, engravings and old geographical maps.
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.
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 Galleria d'arte Moderta "Raccolta Lercaro" is maybe the best city art galleries concerning modern arts. Dating to the 70s, the Crdinal Giacomo Lercaro, wanted to offer a great chance to meet the revolutions of social arts, feeling that the sociaty around him was changing. He wanted to express this change through the artworks of the best city artists, at first, till the best worldwide famous names hosted through the galleries corridors today. A real must for modern art passionates.
Located about 45 minutes away from Bologna, the small town of Sant'Agata Bolognese is best known as being home to Lamborghini, the luxury car brand. But, if you explore it further, you will find charming old architecture and restaurants serving delicious regional food.