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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos and discover the hidden treasures of Bologna a captivating city in Emilia-Romagna: – Bologna is a vibrant and historic city in northern Italy, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. It is famous for its culinary, artistic, and academic traditions, as well as its distinctive architecture and urban landscape. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit Bologna: – Bologna is the home of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088. The University of Bologna attracts thousands of students from all over the world, giving the city a youthful and cosmopolitan atmosphere. You can explore the university’s museums, libraries, and buildings, some of which date back to the Middle Ages. – It is also known as “la grassa” (the fat one), because of its rich and delicious cuisine. The city is the birthplace of some of the most famous Italian dishes, such as tagliatelle al ragù (also known as spaghetti bolognese), tortellini in brodo (stuffed pasta in broth), and mortadella (a type of cured sausage). You can taste these and other specialties in one of the many restaurants, trattorias, or street food stalls in the city. – Bologna is a city of art and culture, with a wealth of monuments, museums, and galleries to discover. You can admire masterpieces by artists such as Giotto, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio in the Pinacoteca Nazionale (National Gallery), or visit the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica (International Museum and Library of Music), which houses a collection of musical instruments and manuscripts. You can also enjoy the opera, theatre, and cinema scene in Bologna, which hosts several festivals and events throughout the year. – Bologna is a city of porticoes, covered walkways that extend for about 40 kilometres (25 miles) throughout the city. The porticoes are a unique feature of Bologna’s urban design, and they offer shelter from the sun, rain, and snow. They also create a sense of continuity and harmony among the different buildings and squares in the city. The porticoes of Bologna were recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. – Bologna is a city of towers, another distinctive element of its skyline. In the Middle Ages, there were more than 100 towers in Bologna, built by noble families as symbols of their power and prestige. Today, only about 20 towers remain, but they still offer a stunning view of the city. The most famous ones are the Torre degli Asinelli and the Torre della Garisenda, which lean at an angle of about 4 degrees³. You can climb up the 498 steps of the Torre degli Asinelli to enjoy a panoramic view of Bologna. It is a city that offers something for everyone, whether you are interested in history, culture, or gastronomy. It is a city that will surprise you with its charm and beauty. It is a city that you will fall in love with.

Piazza delle Medaglie d’Oro is a square located in Bologna. (Photo 1) It is situated in front of Bologna Centrale, the city’s main train station. The station itself is located on the northern outskirts of central Bologna, not far from the city’s ring road. Piazza delle Medaglie d’Oro serves as the entrance to the station and is a bustling area with a vibrant public life. Bologna Centrale is a major railway hub, serving over 160,000 passengers per day. It is Italy’s fifth busiest train station in terms of passenger traffic. The station features 27 platforms, including a newer section specifically built for high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains. Bologna Centrale offers connections to major cities across Italy and neighboring countries such as Austria, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. The ground floor of the station houses various services, including the Freccia Club, Sala Blu (an office of assistance for travelers with disabilities), a pharmacy, luggage storage, an internet point, and bicycle rentals. There are also bars, cafes, fast-food restaurants, and sundries shops on the ground floor. Viale Pietramellara Pietro is part of the SS64 which is a state road in Italy that connects Bologna and Pistoia (Photo 2) – Piazza XX Settembre is located in Bologna close to Piazza delle Medaglie d’Oro. It is a vibrant square situated next to the gardens of Parco della Montagnola. The square is home to various establishments, including the NH Bologna De La Gare hotel. This hotel is situated in Bologna’s shopping district and offers free Wi-Fi, spacious rooms, and an international buffet breakfast. The hotel’s address is Piazza XX Settembre 2. (Photos 4-5-6-7-8-9-10)

Parco della Montagnola is a public park in Bologna. It was founded in 1696 and was designed as a place of leisure and entertainment for the city’s population . The park is named after the artificial hill (montagnola in Italian) created in the 19th century within the park, which combines the ancient tradition of garden mountains with European romantic landscape tendencies.The park offers a variety of activities, including walking, jogging, and cycling . It also has a playground for children, a pond, and a small zoo. (Photos 11-12-13-14-15) – Via dell’Indipendenza is a vibrant street in Bologna It stretches from the Piazza XX Settembre to Piazza Maggiore, one of the main squares in Bologna. Via dell’Indipendenza is known for its lively atmosphere, diverse shops, and restaurants. It is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. The street is lined with numerous clothing stores, offering a wide range of fashion choices. You can find both Italian and international designers showcasing their creations in the quaint buildings that date back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to shopping, Via dell’Indipendenza is home to various cultural landmarks. The Arena del Sole, a renowned theater, is located along the street1. The theater hosts a variety of performances, including plays, concerts, and dance shows1. The street also passes through Piazza VIII Agosto, adding to its charm and significance. (Photos 16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-25) – Via Goito is a street in Bologna which runs from Via dell’Indipendenza to Via Guglielmo Oberdan. (Photo 24)

Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro is the main place of worship in Bologna and the mother church of the homonymous archdiocese. It is located in the heart of the city’s historic center, on Via Indipendenza. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Peter and is also known as the Bologna Cathedral. The cathedral dates back to the 11th century, and most of the present building dates from the 17th century, with a few parts from the late 16th century. The interior of the cathedral is emphatically Baroque, giving an impression of majesty and grandeur. Among the works of art are an Annunciation by Ludovico Carracci, a Romanesque Crucifixion in cedarwood, and a sculptured group in terracotta depicting the Compianto su Cristo morto (“Lament over the Dead Christ”), by Alfonso Lombardi, of the early 16th century. In the apse are early 20th-century paintings by Cesare Mauro Trebbi, including Saint Anne in Glory. (Photos 26-27-28) – Piazza del Nettuno is a vibrant square in Bologna. It is adjacent to Piazza Maggiore and was created in 1564 to make room for the famous Fountain of Neptune. The fountain features a bronze statue of Neptune, sculpted by the Flemish artist Giambologna. The statue has been a source of controversy due to its nudity and the undeniable erotic charge of the female figures spouting water from their breasts. Today, Piazza del Nettuno is a popular meeting place in downtown Bologna, surrounded by historic buildings such as the Palazzo Re Enzo. For tourists planning to visit Bologna, Piazza del Nettuno offers a delightful experience with its blend of art, culture, and history. It is a great spot to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the city and admire the beautiful fountain. (Photos 29-30-31-32)

Piazza Maggiore is the main square of Bologna. It is one of the most beautiful squares in Italy and serves as the heart of the city. The square is surrounded by several significant buildings, including the Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo d’Accursio, Palazzo dei Notai, Basilica of San Petronio, and Palazzo dei Banchi.Piazza Maggiore is not only a historic landmark but also a vibrant hub for culture and entertainment. It is a popular meeting point for both locals and tourists, offering a variety of activities and attractions. The square hosts events such as the “Sotto le Stelle del Cinema” film festival during July and August. The festival, organized by the Cineteca di Bologna, provides an opportunity to enjoy movies under the stars. Visiting Piazza Maggiore is a great way to immerse yourself in the city’s atmosphere and explore its rich history. You can admire the magnificent façade of the Basilica of San Petronio, stroll through the square, and appreciate the architectural beauty of the surrounding buildings. The square is also an excellent starting point for exploring other attractions in Bologna.(Photos 33-34-35-39-40)  – Basilica di San Petronio is a minor basilica and church located in Piazza Galvani, Bologna. It is one of the largest Gothic churches in Bologna and dominates Piazza Maggiore. The basilica is dedicated to the city’s patron saint, San Petronio. The facade of the basilica is unfinished and divided into two horizontal sections2. The upper section is in the Tuscan-Florentine style, characterized by dark brown coloration, while the lower section exemplifies the white marble Gothic style. The Basilica of San Petronio is open to visitors and offers a glimpse into Bologna’s rich history. (Photos 35-36-37-38)

Via IV Novembre is a street in Bologna which runs from Via Porta Nova to Via d’Azeglio.(Photo 41) – Palazzo d’Accursio is a historic building located in Piazza Maggiore. It was originally designed to house major administrative offices of the city of Bologna. The palace is one of the most significant places in Bologna and is steeped in history and tradition. It is also home to the Collezioni Comunali d’Arte museum. Some of the notable rooms inside the palace include the Sala d’Ercole, Sala Rossa, Sala e Cappella Farnese, and more.  (Photo 42) – Via degli Orefici is a street in Bologna which runs from Piazza Maggiore to Via Caprarie. (Photos 43-44) – Via Drapperie is a street in Bologna which runs from Via Caprarie to Via Clavature. (Photo 45) – Piazza della Mercanzia is a square located in the historic center of Bologna. It is situated in the Santo Stefano district and is known for its asymmetrical and bustling atmosphere. The square is dominated by the Palazzo della Mercanzia, a splendid example of Gothic architecture. The palace was built in 1391 and served as the merchant forum during the Roman era. It played a significant role in regulating Bologna’s commercial and trading activities. The central pillar of the palace’s loggia was used to chain individuals found guilty of bankruptcy, subjecting them to public ridicule. The square is a popular tourist destination and offers a glimpse into Bologna’s rich history. (Photo 46)

Piazza Santo Stefano is one of the most characteristic sights of Bologna, Italy. It is more than a square; it is a widening that originates from Via Santo Stefano and leads to the Two Towers. The monumental complex dominating the square is the Basilica of Santo Stefano, commonly known as the “seven churches”. It is articulated on seven sacred buildings constructed and reworked in different eras, mainly by the work of the patron saint of Bologna, San Petronio. The square is surrounded by the porticoes of the aristocratic palaces, of Gothic and Renaissance origin, variously restored over the centuries. In addition to highlighting the monumental Basilica of Santo Stefano, the square allows the visitor to see in all their beauty these buildings surrounding it. On the one hand, on the left, the Berti house with frescoes by Gaetano Gandolfi, Palazzo Isolani, and the fifteenth-century Palazzo Isolani, inside which stands Corte Isolani, which leads directly to Strada Maggiore1. On the opposite side, the right one, the sixteenth-century Palazzo Bolognini Amorini Salina. The square is often used for musical performances or shows or for hosting antique markets. Piazza Santo Stefano is a popular gathering place among locals and tourists alike. It offers a unique triangular shape and hosts concerts, cultural events, and antique markets. The square is open every day without limitations and is a meeting point for people from all walks of life. It is a place where luxury and wealth are kept toned down, with no glittering windows on the facades of senator palaces such as Casa Berti or Palazzo Bolognini Amorini. You can find some refreshment underneath the portico in the summer, while in the center of the square, you can enjoy the warm rays in winter when the sun is out. (Photos 48-49-51)

Basilica di Santo Stefano is a complex of religious buildings located in Via Santo Stefano. The basilica is locally known as Sette Chiese or Seven Churches and is one of the most unique complexes in Bologna. It is a true city sanctuary and the cradle of the faith of the city’s ancestors. The complex is mainly known for its seven sacred buildings constructed and reworked in different eras, mainly by the work of the patron saint of Bologna, San Petronio. The origins of the complex are controversial and disputed. According to the most accepted theory, it was built by Petronius on the ruins of a pre-existing pagan temple, flanked by a reproduction of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The square is overlooked by the Church of the Crucifix of Lombard origin, the Church of the Calvario, the Church of Saint Vitale and Saint Agricola, and the Church of the Trinity (Chiesa della Trinità) restructured between the 12th and 13th centuries. Inside, you can also admire the Courtyard of Pilate (Cortile di Pilato) with a marble basin donated by Liutprand and Hildeprand, Kings of the Lombards, and the Benedectine cloister with a dual loggia (10th-13th centuries), one of the most superb creations in the Aemilian Romanesque style3. There is also a museum displaying paintings, sculptures, and other artworks from various eras. (Photos 49-50)

Via Farini is a street in Bologna which runs from Piazza S. Giovanni in Monte to Via de’ Carbonesi (Photos 54-55) – Piazza Minghetti is an elegant square located behind the Quadrilatero district in Bologna. It was inaugurated in 1896 and designed by Count Ernesto Balbo Bertone di Sambuy, who also worked on the construction of the Giardini Margherita. The square is bordered by Via Farini and is home to the Palazzo delle Poste and the Palazzo della Cassa di Risparmio1. The Palazzo delle Poste, which houses Bologna’s central post office, was designed by Emilio Saffi in the early 20th century. Inside, you can find two reliefs by sculptor Alfonso Borghesani, dedicated to post office employees who lost their lives during World War I. Piazza Minghetti is also known for its 40-meter-high secular plane tree. This tree has been included in the list of protected trees in Emilia Romagna by the Institute for Artistic, Monumental and Natural Heritage. Underneath the branches of the plane tree stands a statue of Marco Minghetti, a Bolognese politician who served as Prime Minister of Italy. The statue was sculpted by Giulio Monteverde. (Photos 56-57) – Via Clavature is a street in Bologna which runs from Via Castiglione to Piazza Maggiore (Photos 58-59) – The Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita is a late-Baroque-style, Roman Catholic church located in central Bologna. It was founded in the 13th century by the Congregation of Flagellati and is one of Bologna’s most beautiful and important shrines. The church is situated in the heart of the Quadrilatero district and is known for its elliptical plan and dome, which were designed by architect Bibiena. The church is home to several notable works of art, including the famous Compianto sul Cristo Morto by Niccolò dell’Arca. This masterpiece of Italian Early Renaissance sculpture is also known as the Lamentation over the Dead Christ and has deeply influenced the history of Italian culture. The church also houses the terracotta sculpture group Transito della Vergine by Alfonso Lombardi. (Photo 60)

Via Saragozza is part of the SS64 is a state road in Italy that connects Bologna and Pistoia (Photos 61-82-84-85-86-87) – The Portico di San Luca is a famous landmark in Bologna. It is a covered walkway that leads to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca on top of the Colle della Guardia hill. The portico is an uninterrupted covered walkway that stretches for approximately 3.8 kilometers and has an elevation gain of 215 meters. It is considered the longest covered walkway in the world. The portico begins at Porta Saragozza and connects the city to the sanctuary. The walkway offers stunning views of Bologna, including the soccer stadium, Certosa (the city’s monumental cemetery), and the historic center with the Basilica of San Petronio and the Two Towers. Walking along the Portico di San Luca is a quintessential Bologna experience. The construction of the portico started in 1674, and it took more than a century to complete. The portico is flanked by houses, shops, bars, and restaurants along Via Saragozza. The uphill stretch of the portico begins at the Arco del Meloncello, which allows people to continue walking under the portico without crossing Via Saragozza1. The ascent can be demanding, with a 10% incline and a long series of steps at the end. The Portico di San Luca is not only a popular tourist attraction but also a place where locals use it as a training ground for walking or running. Some people even take the walk as a vow before important events, such as passing exams. (Photos 61-62-63-64-65-66-67-68-69-70-83-88-89)

The Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca is a basilica church located atop the Colle della Guardia hill in Bologna. The sanctuary is situated approximately 300 meters above the city plain and is accessible via a road or a 3.8-kilometer-long porticoed walkway known as the Portico di San Luca. The porticoed walkway is considered the longest covered walkway in the world and offers breathtaking views of Bologna. The construction of the sanctuary began in 1193, and it was completed in 1765. The present church was constructed in 1723 using the designs of Carlo Francesco Dotti. The lateral external tribunes were built by Carlo Francesco’s son, Giovanni Giacomo, using his father’s plans. The centrally planned sanctuary has painted artworks by Domenico Pestrini, Donato Creti (second chapel on right); Guido Reni (Assumption in the third altar on the right), Giuseppe Maria Mazza in chapel of St. Anthony of Padua, Vittorio Bigari (frescoes), and Guercino (sacristy). (Photos 71-72-73-74-75-76-77-79-80)

The Arco del Meloncello is an 18th-century Rococo-style structure in Bologna. It forms a pedestrian portico over Via Saragozza and is part of the Portico di San Luca, a long arcade that shelters the walk from the city to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. The arch solved the problem of a site where two roads intersected at right angles and allowed foot traffic of pilgrims to proceed above Via Saragozza without interruption. The Arco del Meloncello is located at Via Saragozza, and is an attractive place to pause and admire the architecture while walking along the portico. The portico starts to go uphill and out of the city into the hills from this point. (Photo 81) – The Mura di Porta Saragozza refers to the medieval walls of Bologna. These walls were built to protect the city from external attacks. Porta Saragozza is one of the gates or portals in these walls1. It was constructed in the 13th-14th centuries and was equipped with a drawbridge crossing a moat by 1334. (Photo 90) – Piazza di Porta Saragozza is a square located in Bologna. It is also known as Porta Saragozza. (Photo 91) – Via Frassinago is a street in Bologna which runs from Piazza di Porta Saragozza to Via Sant’Isaia. (Photos 92-93) – Via Sant’Isaia is a street in Bologna which runs from Porta Sant’Isaia to Piazza Malpighi. (Photo 94)

Piazza Malpighi is a square located in the historic center of Bologna, specifically in the Porto-Saragozza district. It is named after Marcello Malpighi, a renowned 17th-century Italian physician and anatomist who was born in Bologna. The square was previously known as Seliciata di San Francesco and is still referred to as Salghè ed San Franzàssc in the local dialect. Piazza Malpighi is situated near the Basilica di San Francesco, and it serves as a significant traffic hub where several streets converge, including Ugo Bassi, Marconi, San Felice, Pratello, Sant’Isaia, Nosadella, Barberia, Porta Nova, and Piazza San Francesco. The northern end of the square features the Colonna dell’Immacolata, a column topped with a copper statue of the Madonna. This statue was created by Giovanni Tedeschi based on a design by Guido Reni in 1638. Additionally, the Basilica’s apse faces the square and contains tombs of Glossators from the Bolognese School. (Photos 95-96-97-98-99)

Basilica di San Francesco is a historic church located in the Porto-Saragozza district of Bologna. It was founded in the 13th century and has been the property of the Conventual Franciscan friars since then. The church has been raised to the rank of a Roman Catholic basilica by the Holy See. The basilica is situated in Piazza San Francesco, which is named after Marcello Malpighi, a renowned 17th-century Italian physician and anatomist who was born in Bologna. The square serves as a significant traffic hub where several streets converge, including Ugo Bassi, Marconi, San Felice, Pratello, Sant’Isaia, Nosadella, Barberia, Porta Nova, and Piazza San Francesco. (Phpto 96-97) – Via Ugo Bassi, is a street in Bologna which runs from Piazza Malpighi to Via Rizzoli. (Photo 100) – Biblioteca comunale dell’Archiginnasio is the largest library in Emilia-Romagna. It houses important texts in various disciplines such as history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, biography, bibliography, and a section dedicated to Bolognese culture. It holds approximately 35,000 manuscripts and incunabula. The library is located at Piazza Galvani. It is one of the most important buildings in Bologna and was once the main building of the University of Bologna. Today, it serves as the Archiginnasio Municipal Library. (Photos 101-102-104) – Via Rizzoli is a street in Bologna which runs from Via Ugo Bassi to Piazza della Mercanzia. (Photos 104-105-106-107-108) – Bologna is famous for its medieval towers, which were built between the 12th and 13th centuries. The city was once home to more than 100 towers, but only a few remain today. The most famous of these towers are the Two Towers, which are located in the heart of the city and are a symbol of Bologna. The Asinelli Tower is the taller of the two, standing at 97.2 meters tall, while the Garisenda Tower is shorter at 48 meters. Both towers were built during the Middle Ages and had a military function as well as representing the social prestige of the family that had them built. The two towers are located at Piazza di Porta Ravegnana ( Photo 106)

Bologna Cuisine;- Rreflects the history and culture of the city and its region, Emilia-Romagna. Bologna is famous for its fresh pasta, cured meats, cheeses, and sauces, as well as its desserts and wines. Some of the special dishes that you can enjoy in Bologna are:- Tagliatelle al ragù:- This is one of the most iconic dishes of Bologna, and the origin of the popular spaghetti bolognese. However, the authentic version is made with fresh egg pasta cut into thin ribbons, and a meat sauce (ragù) that is cooked for hours with beef, pork, tomato, onion, carrot, celery, wine, and milk. Tortellini in brodo:- These are small stuffed pasta shapes that are filled with a mixture of pork, mortadella, prosciutto, cheese, and nutmeg. They are cooked in a clear broth made from beef, chicken, or capon, and served hot in a bowl. Lasagne verdi: This is a baked pasta dish that consists of layers of green spinach pasta, ragù sauce, béchamel sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. The lasagne are cooked in the oven until golden and bubbly. Mortadella:- This is a large sausage made from finely ground pork meat and fat, seasoned with salt, pepper, spices, and sometimes pistachios or olives. It is cooked in a water bath and then sliced thinly. Mortadella is often eaten as an appetizer or in sandwiches. Gramigna con salsiccia: – This is a pasta dish made with gramigna, a short and curly type of pasta that resembles grass blades. The pasta is tossed with a sauce made from sausage meat, onion, tomato, cream, and white wine. It is a simple but tasty dish that can be found in many trattorias in Bologna. Passatelli:- These are thick noodles made from breadcrumbs, eggs, cheese, nutmeg, and lemon zest. They are pressed through a special tool called a passatelli iron and cooked in broth or butter and sage. Cotoletta alla bolognese:- This is a variation of the Milanese veal cutlet that is coated in breadcrumbs and fried in butter. The difference is that the Bolognese version is topped with ham, cheese, and ragù sauce before being baked in the oven. It is a hearty and satisfying dish that can be accompanied by mashed potatoes or salad.

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 in Bologna – Stazione, Piazza delle Medaglie d’Oro to Via Goito
Approximately 1.21 km – 0.75 miles

The walk starts at the Stazione, Piazza delle Medaglie d’Oro – Porta Galliera, Piazza XX Settembre – Scalinata Del Pincio, Piazza XX Settembre – Rocca Galliera, Piazza XX Settembre – Via dell’Indipendenza seen from Parco della Montagnola -Via dell’Indipendenza – Via Goito

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 in Bologna – Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro to Palazzo d’Accursio (Palazzo Comunale)
Approximately 1.81 km – 1.20 miles

The walk starts at the Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro – Piazza del Nettuno – Piazza Maggiore – Basilica di San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore – Via IV Novembre – walk back to Piazza Maggiore – Palazzo d’Accursio (Palazzo Comunale) – Piazza Maggiore – Via degli Orefici – Piazza della Mercanzia – Via Santo Stefano – Piazza Santo Stefano – Basilica di Santo Stefano, Via Santo Stefano – Via Santo Stefano – Via Farini – Piazza Minghetti – Via Clavature – Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita, Via Clavature

Photo Gallery of Walk 3 in Bologna – Bologna, Portico di San Luca
Approximately 0.98 km – 0.61 miles

The Portico di San Luca is 3.8 km long and starts in Bologna at the Mura di Porta Saragozza and runs parallel to the Strada Statale 64. At the Arco Del Meloncello, which is approximately halfway along, the portico starts to climb up a hill to a height of 300 metres where the Santuario Madonna di San Luca is situated.

Photo Gallery of Walk 4 in Bologna – Piazza di Porta Saragozza to Via Rizzoli
Approximately 2.34 km – 1.45 miles

The walk starts in Piazza di Porta Saragozza – Via Frassinago – Via Sant’Isaia – Piazza Malpighi – Via Ugo Bassi – Via Rizzoli – Piazza Re Enzo – Piazza Maggiore – Via dell’Archiginnasio – Biblioteca comunale dell’Archiginnasio – Walk back to Via Rizzoli