The city of Bologna

What to see in Bologna

Strengthened by its past and looking firmly towards the future, Bologna stands out thanks to its cultural richness and social initiative, as well as its dynamic blend of modernity and tradition.
There are many starting points for a visit to Bologna, and even more things to do and see in a city that steadfastly maintains its strong identity, which is highly diverse yet deeply rooted in its values.

Urban planning.
Those who enter the city sometimes feel as though they have been projected into another era, an ancient past of which Bologna still retains many characteristics: the urban layout, the colours, the monuments and buildings, the street names, and of course, its famous porticos. More than 40km of porticos, from the wooden ones of the Romanesque houses to the Gothic ones of the 14th and 15th centuries, from the harmonious ones from the Renaissance and the Baroque age to the picturesque ones of the more modest homes, the city offers a seductive and highly impressive architectural anthology. The towers are an excellent example of this: not just the Asinelli and Garisenda Towers, which dominate the city centre, but all the outposts that stand majestic between one road and the next, which have now found new life as offices, perhaps, or restaurants, or simply age-old monuments.
Once a symbol of power, today they are an icon of the city, making it unique and increasing its mystique.

The university.
This is where the oldest university in Europe was founded
. In 1088, the “Studio” was founded as a law school which, over the course of a few years, became a centre for the study of all the disciplines and arts known at the time.
Even today, Bologna maintains a fundamental cultural role, as its university continues to be attended by Italian and foreign students alike, with world-famous professors and lecturers and a reputations as an active centre of new ideas and cultural fervour.

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What to visit

Piazza Maggiore

5km from the Camping Hotel Bologna

This is the heart of the city and the result of centuries of transformations which have slowly added to its collection of important buildings: Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d’Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo Bianchi.

The Fountain of Neptune

5km from the Camping Hotel Bologna

Built by the Fleming Giambologna (Jean de Boulogne, Douai, 1529 – Florence, 1608) based on a design by the Sicilian Tommaso Laureti in 1563. It symbolises the papal power: as Neptune dominates the waters, so too does the Pope dominate the world.

The Basilica di San Petronio

5km from the Camping Hotel Bologna

the Basilica is one of the city’s landmarks. Designed to become even more majestic than St. Peter’s, construction work began in 1390, yet it has remained unfinished to this day, as can be seen from the now-famous façade.

The Two Towers

4.7km from the Camping Hotel Bologna

the most iconic monument of the city, the Two Towers – the Torre degli Asinelli and the Torre della Garisenda – were built at the behest of the Ghibelline nobles in the 12th century. Climbing the 498 steps of the Asinelli Tower is an effort that pays off thanks to a breathtaking view over the entire city of Bologna.

The Archaeological Civic Museum

5.1km from the Camping Hotel Bologna

famous for its collections of finds ranging from prehistoric times to the Roman era. The Etruscan section of the museum is also famous, a testament to the civilisation of Padanian Etruria, which had Felsina as its capital – the city we now know as Bologna.