The heart of Bologna is the wonderful Piazza Maggiore, dominated by the Basilica of San Petronio and the arcades of the Palazzo del Podestà, the Palazzo dei Banchi and the Palazzo d’Accursio.
The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of the town. Built in 1390 in Gothic style, its facade has remained unfinished. Inside we find the statue of Pope Julius II, made with bronze by Michelangelo.
The Asinelli Tower, stands over the town with its 97 meters of height, next to the Tower of the Garisenda. They are two noble towers, among the many built in Bologna by the Ghibellines and known as “The Two Towers”. The Asinelli Tower is open to the public and climbing its wooden staircase of 500 steps you will enjoy an extraordinary view of the whole town.
The St. Stephen’s Basilica is part of a monumental complex called the “seven churches”, because of the number of affiliated churches along the cloister. Everything was built in the eighth century and extended over the years, the complex still retains the Romanesque style.
The Rotonda della Madonna del Monte is located in Villa Aldini, not far from the town. During the restoration of the Villa at the beginning of the century were found niches with Byzantine frescoes that can be admired today. The round was part of a large religious complex dating back to the XII century.
The Hermitage of Ronzano is located in the countryside near Bologna. The church is dedicated to St. Vincenzo and is owned by the Order of the Servants of Mary. The site welcomes visitors who want to pray or who simply wish to dedicate to nature and reflection.
The Complex of San Michele in Bosco is located on the homonymous hill just outside Bologna. The parvis serves as a real balcony with a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding countryside. The monks settled on the hill at the end of the fourteenth century. Over the centuries, the monastery became a barracks, a prison, a hospital, a villa, and finally recovered its original function as a place of worship. The sanctuary is surrounded by a beautiful green park, with old oaks, pines and cypresses. The woods hid the first hermits who took refuge on the hill and still provides an isolation and serenity corner.
The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is located on the hill of the Guardia. It was built in Baroque style and has a Greek cross map. To arrive at the shrine you have to walk under a long portico, where once there was a trail used by pilgrims. Inside the sanctuary we find the Madonna di San Luca, an icon depicting the Madonna and Child, made in the Byzantine style, and according to the Eastern Christian tradition, she is the protector of travelers.