Italy in Photos
Photos taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italy
Is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy with about 390,000 inhabitants and 150 different nationalities. Its metropolitan area is home to more than 1,000,000 people.
Originally Etruscan, the city has been one of the most important urban centres for centuries, first under the Etruscans (who called it Felsina), then under the Celts as Bona, later under the Romans (Bonōnia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality and signoria, when it was among the largest European cities by population. Famous for its towers, churches and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre, thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s. Home to the oldest university in the Western world, the University of Bologna, established in AD 1088, the city has a large student population that gives it a cosmopolitan character. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO “City of Music” and became part of the Creative Cities Network. In 2021 UNESCO recognized the lengthy porticoes of the city as a World Heritage Site.
Bologna is an important agricultural, industrial, financial and transport hub, where many large mechanical, electronic and food companies have their headquarters as well as one of the largest permanent trade fairs in Europe. According to the most recent data gathered by the European Regional Economic Growth Index (E-REGI) of 2009, Bologna is the first Italian city and the 47th European city in terms of its economic growth rate. As a consequence, Bologna is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, often ranking as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life in the country: in 2020 it ranked 1st out of 107 Italian provinces. Wikipedia
Video 1 – 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
Video 2 – 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
Video 3 – 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.
Video 4 – 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