Bologna is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Bologna one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Bologna is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Bologna or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Bologna. Explore the historical monuments of Bologna with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Bologna guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Bologna page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Bologna landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Bologna.
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Piazza Maggiore – 40124 Bologna
A lively pedestrian hub and the starting point for everything Bologna! In the medieval ages Maggiore was the seat of city government and was acquired to make a market place, because of which a number of buildings around the square were taken down giving us this massive space.
Piazza Maggiore till date holds the same importance as it did in the 13th...
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Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, 40126 Bologna, Italy
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 Bo...
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Complesso di Santo Stefano Via Santo Stefano, 24 - 40125 Bologna (BO)
A complex of seven religious buildings, the buildings in the complex are pretty old and have undergone several restorations. These restorations led to the change in the look from the seven to four churches.
The entrance is through Church of Crucifix dating back to 8th century. The church houses the 14th century crucifix, hence the name. Along with ...
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Piazza del Nettuno, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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 signif...
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Piazza Galvani, 5, 40124 Bologna, Italy
07:45 am - 06:30 pm
This gigantic church is the 6th largest in Europe, which started its construction in 1390 only to be officially blessed in 1954. Dedicated to Petronio, city’s patron saint and bishop back in 5th century. Had things would have gone as planned the Basilica would have been the largest in the world, however the pope did not like the idea of a chu...
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...
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Piazza Nettuno 3 40124 Bologna Italy
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Bologna’s multimedia library which has a vast collection of books, newspaper, CD, magazine, data banks along with free WiFi connections all of that under one roof! In addition to that the library houses archaeological remains, a perfect blend of modern services in an ancient building. Nestled in the portion of Accuriso palace between Piazza N...
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Via Clavature, 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
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 ele...
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Via di San Luca, 36, 40135 Bologna, Italy
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
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!
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Via Clavature, 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
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...
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Via Castiglione, 8, 40124 Bologna, Italy
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
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
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Museo per la memoria di Ustica c/o Ex Magazzino ATC, Via di Saliceto
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Museo per la memoria di Ustica ia an extremely thoughtful tribute for the victims of the massacre of Ustica. Built by the association of relatives of the victims was opened in June 27 2007.
All the wreckage of DC-9 was transported to Bologna; the same is put together by French artists in a very generous form to showcase the loss. There are numerous...
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Palazzo Fava Ghisilieri Via Manzoni
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
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 ...
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Museo Civico Archeologico Via dell'Archiginnasio
09:00 am - 03:00 pm
Led by archaeologist A Zannoni and inaugurated on 2nd October 1871, the museum houses both palagi collection of classical finds and the attires from certosa excavation. The building was designed by architect Antonio Morandi, who gave it a typical Bolognese look to it by adding a portico.
The museum has room dedicated to the history of the city, wit...
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Via Zamboni, 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
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 tow...