Attractions

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 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 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 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…
Gallery in Bologna

Pinacoteca Nazionale

The city's main art gallery has a powerful collection of works by Bolognese artists from the 14th century onwards, including a number of important canvases by the late-16th-century Carraccis (brothers Annibale and A…
Palace in Bologna

Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio

This palace was the seat of the city university from 1563 to 1805. These days its chief attraction is the fascinating 17th-century Teatro Anatomico, a well-preserved anatomical theatre where trainee surgeons once s…
Tower in Bologna

Le Due Torri

Standing sentinel over Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna's two leaning towers are the city's main symbol. The taller of the two, the 97.2m-high Torre degli Asinelli is open to the public, although it's not advisabl…
Historic Building in Bologna

Teatro Anatomico

Housed in Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, the fascinating 17th-century Teatro Anatomico is where public body dissections were held under the sinister gaze of an Inquisition priest, ready to intervene if proceedings beca…
Tower in Bologna

Torre degli Asinelli

Bologna's two leaning towers are the city's main symbol. The taller of the two, the 97.2m-high Torre degli Asinelli is open to the public, though it’s not advisable for the weak-kneed (there are 498 steps) or for su…
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…