When christmas holidays were about to end, I asked my friends if they wanted to come with me to Bologna to have a trip all together. I was very curious to see Bologna as many of the people I know are from there and I have always heard of this city so this was a good chance for me to see this university city. We took the train in our hometown and unexpectedly it was in time, the trip was not very long but we had to change in Parma. Bologna in Italy is surnamed “La Grassa” meaning the fat one because many Italian products and food originated in Bologna for example the tortellini or a kind of bread whose name is Piadina that we ate when we visited here. Besides food, the city is also famous for its medieval architecture which I personally love :3
Some photos of the historical centre:
Unfortunately when we got to Bologna, sales just began and the city was literally filled with people! My friend was very happy because she loves shopping and this is her kingdom: there are many shops like Brandy Melville or Subdued which she adores. We entered many shops but we could barely move around due to the many people hunting for cheap prices.
Just to show you the situation
After four or five shops where my friend stopped, we finally reached the main square in Bologna, the so called Piazza Maggiore surrounded by the most important medieval buildings of the city. The one I liked the most was Palazzo d’Accursio or Comunale (Town Hall), it is named after Accursius, a Roman jurist, that lived in that building. At the beginning it was just his house but then it was expanded adding the clock tower. Then there is the Palace of the Podestà built around 1200 as seat for Podestà who is like a chief of a city-state. In the past Italian cities like Bologna or Florence were basically countries with their own money, laws etc and were ruled by these Podestà. The last one but not the least important is Basilica of San Petronio which dominates Piazza Maggiore, the sixth biggest church in Italy and fifteenth biggest church in the world. The church’s construction began around 1300 and is dedicated to San Petronio, the Bologna’s patron saint.
Christmas was just passed but in Bologna we were enough lucky to find christmas ornament that gives to the city a nice atmosphere and various christmas trees were spreaded around the city.
The most famous landmark in Bologna is Garisenda and Asinelli’s towers built between XII and XII century when the city owns a great amount of towers, it is said they were 100 but only 24 of them reached us. The reason why in the past they built so many towers is still unknown but it is said that the most important italian families used them to show off their power and wealthness. I really wanted to see Bologna from up there but the queue was too long and we did not have enough time to line up for hours :/
In Bologna there is also the most ancient university in the world founded in 1088 presumibly by Irnerius. The university has other seats in some italian cities like Rimini or Forlì and even one in Buenos Aires. We were curious to see how it looks like as in Italy it is very famous and they always talk about it but to be honest, I was disappointed by it. The walls were covered with graffitis, some really nice and writings against capitalism and the place seemed uninhabited since years.
Some details of Bologna’s picturesque buildings