Bologna is one of my favourite cities in Italy and a pefect place to wander with no particular agenda. There is a surprise at every turn. Some of the magnificent buildings are ancient and it is amazing to see them still being home to residents of Bologna.
What better place to start than Porta Galleria. The original door was constructed in the 12th century and was one of 12 doors in the wall that surrounded Bologna.
If you arrive at the station, as I did, you can walk to the city centre down Via Independenza. It will take about 15 minutes and is under cover almost all the way. I think it is a great introduction to Bologna.
Perhaps he was inside trying these on .
This building was erected around 1550. Bologna has the oldest universities in Europe and is still a university city. Having lots of students about makes for a lively and vibrant city.
There is more information on the room in an earlier post on the walking tour in Bologna. Click here to se it.
This is the public library for Bologna, and an excellent meeting place. Look down through the glass floor to see Roman ruins.
Bramante’s stairway is in the Palazzo Comunale. It was built in 1597 and the low, wide stairs were to allow those on horse-back access to the upper floors.
The porticoes skirting the bank at Piazza Cavour are recognised as the most colourful and elaborate in the city. The painting appears on 25 vaults and was completed by Gaetano Lodi between 1862 and 1865.
I found this next doorway very sad. It was once the entry to an orphanage. It doesn’t look like a happy place to me.
I came upon and incredibly old building in a narrow street. Is was difficult to get good photos of it as I was unable to get back far enough to get the whole building in the shot. It is a magnificent old church.
Palazzo Grassi is about 600 years old. I love the old wooden supports for the portico.
I will end my wandering in Via Ugo Bassi at Gamberini and show you some of the delicious cakes in the window.