Because of Bologna’s remarkably rich cuisine, it is commonly nicknamed La Grassa; the fat one or the bountiful.
The Basilica di San Petronio was built in dedication to St Petronius, who is considered the patron saint of Bologna.
Marco Minghetti was the Italian Prime Minister just after the mid-19th century (1863) for a year and a half. He was born in Bologna, which is why his statue lies in the historical square.
This statue is well sculpted out of rock by an artist that is unknown to me. It depicts a carnivorous lion clearly destroying another animal.
There is an archaeological excavation taking place underneath the historic public library of Bologna and visitors can witness this interesting activity because of the magnificent see-through floor in the building acting as a window to the site.
On this statue, a mermaid is holding another mermaid by her hair and is about to kill her with a large rock!
The main and most frequently visited church in the magical city of Bologna is the Basilica di San Petronio, which can hold about 28,000 people at one time.
The Santo Stefano Basilica is one of the most historic romantic areas of Bologna attracting a large number of tourists every year.
The Basilica of San Domenico was built right next to the St Nicholas Convent; however in the mid-13th century, they were merged into a singular large convent.
Mercato di Mezzo is one of Bologna’s biggest food markets! It is located just behind the Piazza Maggiore.
There is even a museum at the Santo Stefano complex in Bologna that you can visit while you are exploring the beautiful historic churches on the site.
The Basilica di Santo Stefano is open to the public free of charge every day from 9 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening; however it is closed from noon to 3:30 in the afternoon.