It’s also home to one of the world’s oldest universities and an almost never-ending amount of bars cater to these students with generous buffets during the daily “apertivo” (cocktail) hour. Go have a drink and enjoy sampling some excellent appetizers as well - these bars are near Via del Pratello and Via Zamboni.
Your meals in Bologna will be memorable as many of Italy’s finest restaurants are located here. Try the tagliatelle al ragù – that’s spaghetti with meat sauce to you and I. Expect the noodles to be much wider than you find here in the states. Sample the handmade tortelli (filled parcels of pasta) plus the area’s variety of hams and cheeses – many of these will be served at breakfast at your hotel.
Le Due Torri (The Two Towers) are two of the most recognizable landmarks in Bologna. During the 12th and 13th centuries noble Bolognese families built 100+ towers throughout the city, each family trying to outdo the others. Today, about 20 towers remain, but the Garisenda and the Asinelli Towers are two of the most significant. You can only visit the Asinelli Tower.
Basilica di San Petronio is named after Bologna’s patron saint and is the fifth biggest basilica in the entire world. Because it was originally built to be larger that St. Peter’s in Rome, the pope stopped construction and it remains unfinished to this day. Due to a frescoe painted by Giovanni di Modena depicting Muhammad in hell, armed guards are stationed nearby.
A central meeting place in Bologna is the Fontana del Nettuno ( Neptune Fountain). This fountain was built in the 1500s by Giambologna, a Flemish sculptor.
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