Top Historical Places in Bologna

Are you looking to explore the history of Bologna through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Bologna including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Bologna. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Bologna ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Bologna, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Bologna for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Bologna with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. The Two Towers

    Tags: View Point, Historical Site, Tower, Architecture

    If Bologna was to be called the Manhattan of medieval era, Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda would definitely be the twin towers. Critically located at the entrance of the city, the towers displayed the family’s prestige and served military functions back then. Built in the 11th century Tower of Asinelli is over 97 metres and the tallest in Bologna. Climb a hefty 498 steps only to find you...Read more
  2. Fontana Del Nettuno

    Tags: Landmark, Monument, Statue, Fountain

    The grand statue in the Piazza Maggiore cannot go unnoticed! Designed by Jean de boulone also known as Giambologna, he razed the entire block to make the fountain. It beautifully displays a bronze figure of Lord Neptune along with four angels at the steps signifying the river of 4 continents: Amazon, Dandu, Nile and Ganges. The fountain once signified the power of the pope who ruled just like N...Read more
  3. Archiginnasio Of Bologna

    Tags: Estate, Walking Area, Historical Site, Statue

    Bologna was the first European town to have a university and this being the first university of bologna brings you to the intellectual side of this red city. Though heavily destroyed by bombing the Archiginnasio was restored to its present form and is now the seat of the Municipal library. As in most of the Bolognese architecture there is a portico at the entrance which opens to the main buildi...Read more
  4. Sanctuary Of The Madonna Di San Luca

    Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, View Point

    In the outskirts of bologna is this tranquil church on the hilltop which houses representation of the Virgin Mary transported from the Middle East to bologna in the 12th century. The basilica is connected to the city through the world’s longest portico; resting on 666 arches and starting from Piazza di Porta Saragozza- stunning architecture! The place is easily accessible from city throug...Read more
  5. Compianto Sul Cristo Morto

    Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Historical Site

    The Lamentation over the Dead Christ or Compianto sul Cristo Morto are a set of terracotta sculptures housed in the church of Santa Maria Della Vita. The work shows seven life size figures, with dead Christ at the centre with his head resting on the pillow. Around him we have two Marys filled with pain of her loss and the distress displayed through her torn clothes. After which we have the Mado...Read more
  6. Museum Of The History Of Bologna Or Museo Della Storia Di Bologna

    Tags: Museum, History Museum, Educational Site, Historical Site

    A remarkably educational the Museo della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the history of Bologna) is very well focused on the history of the red city. Behind the ancient facade is a courtyard housing a transparent rectangular structure connecting the two floors and serves as an additional exhibition space. The structure of the museum is divided The painted city The Tower of Tim Bologna in anc...Read more
  7. Santa Maria Della Vita Bologna

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Statue

    Wrapped away in via calvature is the church of Santa Maria della Vita housing bologna’s most exquisite work of art. Known for Baroque architecture and the terracotta sculptures, the church will leave you amazed. Founded in 13th century by Battuti of S. Maria della Vita the church is a part of a sanctuary with a portico at the entrance and elegant and breezy interiors which takes you to an...Read more
  8. Palazzo Fava

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Museum

    The breathtaking museum is nestled in a Renaissance mansion given over by the Fava family in their will. Spread over 2600 sq. m it is regularly used as an exhibition centre; include works from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna and other organisations. What makes Palazzo Fava so attractive are- The cycle of paintings, The Argonautica and the stories of Medea in Jason's room. A very sk...Read more
  9. Museo Di Palazzo Poggi

    Tags: Art Museum, Science Museum, History Museum, Historical Site

    Unlike all other art and architectural centric museums in Bologna, the museum of palazzo poggi covers numerous intriguing topics like the military sciences, zoology, astronomy and genecology etc. Built in 1560, the building is a former house of Alessandro Poggi and Giovanni Poggi. In 1714 it became the institute of sciences with the addition of tower of observatory (1725) and the library in (17...Read more
  10. Basilica San Francesco Or Chiesa Di San Francesco

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Statue

    The church of St. Francis is beautiful example of Gothic-Romanesque architecture, being the first example of French-gothic style in Italy. Structured with a remarkably high facade and interiors housing marvellous statues in white marble the church is as charming as it can get! To the right of the facade are a convent and a cloister, dedicated to San Francis. The cloister is a very pleasing atmo...Read more
  11. Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia

    Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Performance

    With blatantly bold imagery and lively colours this church showcases the life and times of St Cecilia along with her husband Valeriano. If your visit to Bologna is a short one you would not want to miss the church of St. Cecilia- this is undoubtedly a hidden gem! Found in the year 1267, the church flaunts exquisite Renaissances art work along with 15th century architecture. The façade di...Read more
  12. Parco Di Villa Angeletti

    Tags: Park, Entertainment, Amphitheater

    If you are in Bologna and looking to spend an evening out leisurely, the Parco Di Villa Angeletti can be a good choice. You can easily spend some two-odd hours here, exploring the park, where you will be bestowed with the sight of a structure of a manmade ant, almost life-size! There is a brilliant amphitheater like seating region too, that witnesses several events of the city. The parks sprawl...Read more
  13. Felicini Palace

    Tags: Palace

    Felicini Palace is a Renaissance style palace which was built in 1497. The architecture and design are mind blowing as the works of some great architects is clearly visible on the walls of Felicini Palace. Though the building is old, it has been beautifully maintained so that its sheen doesn’t get lost and it continues to serve as an interesting site for tourists. You will like the interi...Read more
  14. Cattedrale Di San Pietro

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Walking Area, Historical Site

    Cattedrale di San Pietro, located in the main piazza is simply impossible to miss. With very appealing Romanesque façade and a high portico in the front, the church showcases Bolognese architecture. The interiors are Baroque and extraordinarily large and is made up of a nave with adjoining side chapels. There are two red marble holy water containers, decorated with lions, which belonged ...Read more
  15. Palazzo Del Podesta

    Tags: Historical Site, Heritage Building

    Palazzo del Podestà is a historical building which was built during the 13th century and today is used for holding big events. The architecture will mesmerize you completely when you take a walk around. You can capture some extraordinary stills from Palazzo del Podestà because the surroundings too are extremely wonderful. The rooms on the second floor are full of paintings and scu...Read more