I knew Bologna will be on my list of places to see in Italy, mainly because of its university. It is the oldest in the world, while Oxford is the oldest in the English-speaking world and 3rd oldest overall. Besides this very specific reason, Bologna has a lot to offer to people who otherwise might be less interested about this.
Bologna is beautiful and while we’ve only been there for a day, we did see quite a few places. This view of Bologna is from one of the leaning towers. It’s quite a long climb, so do bear that in mind, just shy of 500 steps and wooden ones, not all even and the drop is quite visible around it.
These are the infamous aforementioned stairs.
Asinelli & Garisenda Towers date back to the 12th century, which is impressive. One of them was struck by lightning and survived, besides all the wars that took place in the last 900 years of when they were built.
Just besides the tower is a lovely cafe/bistro which serves vegan croissants. I can’t remember the name, but it is just besides the towers.
This is the Anatomical theatre of the Archiginnasio. Once it was used by the university, now it is a museum. This building is from the 17th century and it’s just stunning. The building was destructed during WWII, but was rebuilt using all the original pieces that were recovered from the debris.
Look at that gorgeous ceiling.
On the walls there are plaques like this one, painted. It’s so impressive.
Cattedra degli Spellati is where the students would learn about anatomy.
This is the dissection table, a beautiful white marble top.
The hall of the Stabat Mater is a reading room but the library was closed to the public as it is used by the students. In the next picture you can see how it looks.
This is one of the buildings of the Bologna University.
The Basilica of San Petronio is in Piazza Maggiore and another must-see attraction. It was designed to be the largest church in the world, in the 14th century. Now it’s still impressive, as the 7th largest in the world. It is open to the public for a small fee, so well worth visiting.
Fountain of Neptune is from mid-16th century. There are a few copies of it around the world.
Palazzo di Re Enzo, 13th century castle, now a museum where different events are hosted.