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One of the traditions that are usually performed on Sundays, both by locals and travelers who are visiting is a walk (passeggiata as it is called here), through the gates of the city , which over the centuries has become a tradition.
This city has emphasized that the world’s longest porch, from Porta Saragozza to the Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca, on top of a hill, from which we also have a great view, not only of the city but of all the area where it is located.
The Basilica of San Petronio is dedicated to the patron saint of Bologna and is the most important church in the city. For lovers of architecture is necessary to emphasize its beautiful Gothic style, has 22 chapels and a beautiful front door recorded and well decorated. Inside is a small museum that offers insight into the history of this iconic building construction.
If you want something outside you can not miss the Botanical Garden of the University of Bologna , one of the oldest of the old continent since it was founded a long time, no less than in 1568.
This place welcomes all visitors to the University and we will find many endemic and exotic and medicinal plants, greenhouses, gardens and several natural forests.
Reportedly, the medieval Bologna had 100 towers, all built by families competing for the protection, but especially for prestige in the city, a city that had a number of wealthy families and showing the rise economic which once had the city in his prime.
Of those 100 towers, I think today there are only 20 of them, where the Garisenda, east of Piazza Maggiore, and Asinelli, already met in the previous post, are two of the most famous. Recommended, not only for its views, is the Asinelli, the higher of the two, but with enough ornaments.
The city life revolves around Piazza Maggiore and here is the statue of Neptune, controlling the northwest corner of the square. This fountain, sculpted by Giambologna in 1563, is surrounded by cherubs and mermaids are not only represented by symbolic motifs but four of the world’s major rivers: Nile, Amazon, Ganges and Danube.
Southeast of the square you’ll find the Archaeological Museum of Bologna, located in a XV century palace great and has several collections ranging from prehistory to Roman times, always formidable exhibition of statues, coins, tombs and many other objects ideal to see, such as the Etruscan and Egyptian collection.