Are you staying at the Locanda dell’Orsa in Bologna just for one night, don’t have much time to spare and don’t know what to visit in the historic city centre? Don’t worry: we’ll give you all the information you need for a short tour through the streets of Bologna.
Discovering Bologna: Piazza Maggiore and via dell’Archiginnasio
The tour of Bologna starts at the Locanda dell’Orsa. Leaving your room, you can proceed towards Via Indipendenza, the shopping street, to reach Piazza Maggiore. Here you can admire the fountain of Neptune, one of the most photographed symbols of the city, and Piazza Maggiore. Prominent among the monuments are Palazzo d’Accursio, inside which are the Clock Tower and the Collezioni Comunali d’Arte, and the Basilica di San Petronio. Proceeding along via dell’Archiginnasio, on the left you will find the Archaeological Civic Museum, where you can admire the Egyptian collection, among the most relevant in the Italian and European panorama, and the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, seat of the University of Bologna, founded in 1088. Also not to be missed nearby is the Church of San Domenico, inside which are splendid sculptures by Nicolò Pisano, Nicolò dell’Arca and the young Michelangelo.
The Bologna tour: Santo Stefano and the Two Towers
Afterwards, the tour of Bologna in a few hours continues in the direction of Piazza Santo Stefano and its Seven Churches, an important complex envied all over the world. From here, the distance to the Two Towers, degli Asinelli and Garisenda, is very short and worth the trip to admire two of Bologna’s symbols. After climbing the Asinelli Tower and admiring the city from above, the tour continues along Via Zamboni to discover University Bologna, before returning to the Locanda dell’Orsa in Via Marsala 18.