Piazza Maggiore ~ Reason #7 why I love Bologna.
Piazza Maggiore is the largest piazza in Bologna. This piazza houses both the Basilica di San Petronio (church of San Petronio) and the Palazzo del Commune (city hall), as well as beautiful buildings with cafes, shops, and museums. These buildings were all built between twelve hundred and fourteen hundred.
The Basilica di San Petronio is one of the biggest churches in the world. It was intended to be bigger than St. Peter's Basilica until the Pope at the time put a stop to it. The top half of the outside of this church was never finished.
The Palazzo Communale not only houses the town hall offices, it also houses a couple museums, a place where you can get free internet access, a beautiful courtyard, and a cool stairway.
Doorway leading to the free internet
Cool stairway inside the Palazzo Communale (see the Everything Bologna link
at the end of this post for info on this stairway)
Piazza del Nettuno is located adjacent to Piazza Maggiore. This piazza houses the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, the Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune Fountain), and the Palazzo de Re Enzo.
The Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio is the most important public library in Italy.
Inside the Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio.
The Fontana del Nettuno has quite an interesting story (see the Everything
Bologna link at the end of this post for the story about this fountain).
The Palazzo de Re Enzo (King Enzo’s Palace) where poor Enzo (a Sicilian king) was imprisoned for 20 years.