One of the symbols of Bologna: A fountain sculpted by a Flemish artist, known as Giambologna.
In the 19th century, this was the city's economic center. It is now a multi-media library, with beautiful ceilings and architecture. I stopped in the coffee shop for a cappuccino to start off my day in Bologna.
Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio "The Archiginnasio Palace"
This entire building is beautiful, with nearly every wall covered in frescoes. My favorite parts were the Anatomical Theater and the library.
The Anatomical Theater (Inside The Archiginnasio Palace)
These two photos below are from the Anatomical Theater, where anatomy classes were taught through the dissection of corpses. The white table in the center was were corpses laid during class. The lecturer's chair has two "skinless" statues,one on either side.
The Library (Inside The Archiginnasio Palace)
Basilica of San Domenico
Piazza Santo Stefano
I first thought that Piazza Santo Stefano was just a church, but I discovered upon entering that it is actually four churches (of the former seven), all interconnected.
Le Due Torri "The Two Towers"
Asinelli and Garisenda are the two tallest of the twenty still standing towers in Bologna, and are located next to each other in the city's center. I had my workout for the day climbing the 498 steps to the top of the Asinelli tower, but the view of the city from the top made it worth it!
Torre Garisenda (left) and Torre Asinelli (right)
At the bottom of Torre Garisenda
View from the top of Torre Asinelli
At the top of Torre Asinelli!
Park of Montagnola
I hadn't planned on visiting this park, but I sort of stumbled across it on my way back to the train station at the end of the day, and I'm glad I did! It was full of people - locals performing skits on small wooden stages, women having 'picnics' (more like an elaborate feast -complete with several courses and vodka!), and immigrants from Senegal selling artisan crafts in a "Multi-Ethnic" market.
The Streets of Bologna
History of Jazz
When I was wandering around through Bologna, I noticed a star on the street with the name "Dizzy Gillespie." A fan of old jazz, I wondered why his name was in Bologna, Italy. As I continued to walk, I recognized the names of other famous jazz musicians. Later I asked and learned that Bologna used to host these artists in small jazz clubs in the area.
Canal in Via Piella
Bologna has underground waterways that were open canals until two centuries ago. I was able to see one of these from the street Via Piella.
The central plaza in Bologna
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