Holidays to Bologna

With Bologna holidays, you will not feel overwhelmed or be herded around like so many cattle, as you can see the many sights at your leisure and at your own pace. Spend your time as the Italians do, enjoying a pizza and bottle of wine in one of the two main piazzas before strolling off to another museum, gallery of ancient basilica.

The Two Towers, or Due Torri, are Bologna’s most recognisable landmarks and have become a symbol of the city. They were erected in the 12th to 13th centuries by native noble families, and are in fact the only remaining two of over 100 that were built in competition with one another for family precedence. The Asinelli and Garisenda towers stand at 320 feet and 157 feet respectively, like mediaeval skyscrapers still watching over the city when their builders and patrons have long since turned to dust. The shorter one was trimmed down in the 14th century when it threatened to collapse, and can now be climbed to offer spectacular views across the city.

The Museo Morandi should not be missed on any holidays to Bologna. It is devoted to the works of the local artist Giorgio Morandi and takes up a part of the town hall. It is also a celebration of the 20th century artist’s life as well as his work, with his studio, paints and easels on display.

The Jewish Museum, or Museo Abraico, was opened in 2000 as a part of the city’s European City of Culture celebrations. Bologna was one of the first Papal States to have the dubious distinction of forcing its Jewish population to live in a ghetto, and it is in the former ghetto area that the museum is situated. The contribution of Jewish life and culture to the city was considerable and this is evident is the buildings in the area.

The Church of San Domenico was completed in 1251, and holidays in Bologna should take in this unique and beautifully preserved historic structure that was built to house the bones of the founder of the Dominican Order. The interior decoration is a celebration of his life and works and includes statues and reliefs by many contemporary artists, including a Pisano young Michelangelo, who carved one of the angels.

The Fountain of Neptune, or Fontana Del Nettuno, was designed in the 16th century by Giambologna. This magnificent sculpture is lit up at night when the whole piazza is dominated by Neptune’s presence, like one of the old gods returning under cover of darkness to one of Italy’s great and ancient cities. Holidays in Bologna are not complete without a drink under this sculpture.


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