Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

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Wander the historic heart of the Bologna city center in Piazza Maggiore. Constructed in the 15th century, the plaza maintains its medieval charm. Bordered on all sides by historic buildings, it now serves as main area for leisure and entertainment. Admire the Italian-Gothic facade of the Basilica of San Petronio, or visit the 16th-century Palazzo dei Banchi. You can relax in the plaza while enjoying live music and street performances. Our Bologna trip planner makes visiting Piazza Maggiore and other Bologna attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Whilst this wasn’t the most impressive area I saw in Italy, it was still beautiful with a great atmosphere. It’s a nice place to sit and people watch whilst having a gelato.  more »
  • They had a movie festival going on when we got there. Lots of people but everyone being good. Lots to see and do.  more »
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  • It's a big, beautiful square surrounded by historical monuments, churches, and museums. All around there are various restaurants where you can experience a platter of the rich local cured meats and cheeses with a glass of wine, while enjoying the view. It's a must do if you go to Bologna!
  • Loved it! The pizza here is delicious! I went twice because it was that good! Try the pesto one - you'll lick your fingers for days!
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