The Basilica of San Petronio is the main church of Bologna, and the fifteenth largest church in the world (132 metres long and 66 metres wide).
One of its most fascinating masterpieces is the Chapel of the Magi, hosting the awesome Heaven and Hell fresco by Giovanni di Pietro Falloppi. It depicts Dante’s vision of “Inferno”, with a gigantic figure of Lucifer consuming sinners.
A one day walking itinerary to explore Bologna, a fascinating medieval city, still ignored by main stream tourism. Spending one day in Bologna will allow you to discover Bologna amazing art and culture, its lovely porticoes and its delicious food.
Top reasons why you should absolutely visit Bologna
Surprisingly enough, the vast majority of tourists see Bologna only from the window of a high speed train, moving from Venice to Florence and vice versa. A real pity for them, indeed. So why should you spend one day in Bologna?
Though neglected by the mainstream touristic flows, Bologna is home to the oldest university in the Western world. It offers lavish porticoed walkways and squares, a fascinating medieval center and a bustling night life.
Discover the making of traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena and learn how to visit a Modena Balsamic Vinegar maker. This is a very easy half day tour from Bologna or day tour from Milan.
If you have a taste for “slow food”, you can’t ignore Balsamic Vinegar (“Aceto Balsamico”), which needs not less than 12 years of aging (but usually as much as 25!) before being savored!
This is still a family handmade product, and you can visit an “Acetaia” (litterally: the “vinegar place”). This is a fantastic experience to discover a century old tradition, and one of the most exclusive Italian food products.
This Ravenna in one day walking itinerary will let you discover one of the most amazing towns in Italy. Ravenna has been the last capital of the Roman empire, and displays the most amazing mosaics you could see in Europe. It’s an easy day trip from Bologna.
The greatest mystery about Ravenna, Italy, is why it is so far from mainstream touristic itineraries. This tiny town one hour away from Bologna has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a glorious past. Its 1,500-year-old churches are decorated with best-in-the-West Byzantine mosaics. By the way, Ravenna hosts the human spoils of Dante Alighieri (they are in here and not in Florence as most people think…). Like most ancient tiny towns in Italy, Ravenna will seduce you with its laid back atmosphere, and its delightful Italian provincial town sensations.
If you have a spare day in your rushy tour of Italy, you will find the peaceful charm of this untouristy and classy town and its extraordinary churches and mosaics definitely worth the effort.