Top Choice Church in Bologna

Basilica di San Petronio

Bologna's hulking Gothic basilica is the world's 15th-largest church, measuring 132m by 66m by 47m. Work began on it in 1390, but it was never finished and still today its main facade remains incomplete. Inside, loo…
Top Choice Church in Bologna

Abbazia di Santo Stefano

Bologna's most unique religious site is this atmospheric labyrinth of interlocking ecclesiastical structures, whose architecture spans centuries of Bolognese history and incorporates Romanesque, Lombard and even anc…
Top Choice Museum in Bologna

Museo della Storia di Bologna

Walk in a historical neophyte and walk out an A-grade honours student in Bologna’s golden past. This magnificent interactive museum, opened in 2012 and skillfully encased in the regal Palazzo Pepoli, is – in a word …
Church in Bologna

Basilica di San Domenico

Built in 1238, this basilica shelters the remains of San Domenico, founder of the Dominican order. Along the right aisle, the Cappella di San Domenico houses the saint's elaborate sarcophagus, designed by Nicola Pis…
Church in Bologna

Basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca

About 3.5km southwest of the city centre, the hilltop Basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca occupies a powerful and appropriately celestial position overlooking the teeming red-hued city below. The church hou…
Church in Bologna

Chiesa di San Francesco

Think Gothic. This dark mysterious church was one of the first in Italy to be built in the French Gothic style. Inside check out the tomb of Pope Alexander V and the remarkable 14th-century marble altarpiece depicti…
Gallery in Bologna

Collezioni Comunali d'Arte

On the 2nd floor of Palazzo Comunale you'll find the art gallery Collezioni Comunali d'Arte with its interesting collection of 13th- to 19th-century paintings, sculpture and furniture.
Notable Building in Bologna

Metropolitana di San Pietro

A short walk north of Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s cathedral, the Metropolitana di San Pietro has suffered redevelopment many times over the centuries. More a landmark than somewhere to search out, it stands opposite …
Museum in Bologna

Museo Civico Archeologico

Impressive in its breadth of coverage of historical eras, this museum displays well-documented Egyptian and Roman artefacts along with one of Italy's best Etruscan collections.
Church in Bologna

Oratorio di Santa Cecilia

This is one of Bologna's unsung gems. Inside, the magnificent 16th-century frescoes by Lorenzo Costa depicting the life and Technicolor death of St Cecilia and her husband Valeriano are in remarkably good nick, thei…