BOLOGNA: CITY OF TOWERS


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Program with departure from Milan
69€
Guided visits for groups

Description

The guided tour of Bologna will lead us to discover the treasures and history of the city: called by many the city of arcades and others the city of two towers, Bologna is a symbol of Emilian culture, art and cuisine. In its ancient historic center, one of the largest in Italy, you can admire unique masterpieces of art and architecture.

During the visit we will discover the unfinished Basilica di San Petronio which, with its 132 meters long and 60 meters wide, is the third largest church in Italy after the Duomo of Milan and of Florence. San Petronio, built starting in 1390 in honor of the town’s patron saint and recognized for this as the last Italian late gothic work, preserves examples of fifteenth and sixteenth-century art including the canvas “San Rocco and a donor”  by Parmigianino (1527 ). In the Basilica are also preserved the “Four Crosses” which, according to the tradition, were placed on ancient Roman columns from San Petronio to spiritual defense of the City. We will visit Santa Maria della Vita with the Lamentation over the Dead Christ, a sculptural group of seven terracotta figures by Niccolò dell’Arca and the annexed museum.

We visit also the complex of Santo Stefano, also known as the “Sette Chiese” complex, which is said to have been designed by San Petronio himself in imitation of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.The three churches of the Crucifix, the Sepulcher and the Sants Vitale and Agricola constitute an important monument of romanesque period, the church of the Saints Vitale and Agricola was also the first seat of the relic of San Vitale, today preserved in the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan. In the gardens of the basilica were the two sarcophagi medieval that have guarded the remains of the first bishops of the Church of Bologna The guided tour of the extraordinary places of art in Bologna will continue with the Basilica of San Domenico which preserves, in addition to magnificent finely decorated chapels by artists such as Guido Reni, Domenichino and the Guercino, a real treasure: the Ark of San Domenico, a work by Nicola Pisano and students whose creation was also helped by a young Michelangelo Buonarroti, where the remains of the Saint are kept.

City characterized by a strong devotion that allowed the construction of incredible sacred buildings, Bologna also has a very interesting civil architecture. We will have the opportunity to learn about the history of  Piazza Maggiore buildings: the thirteenth-century Palazzo del Podestà with the Arengo tower made of terracotta and the subsequent extension, Palazzo Re Enzo. Inside this building he lived in captivity from 1249 until his death King Enzo of Sardinia, son of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, captured during the battle of Fossalta which saw the Bolognese winners against the imperial troops. In the adjacent Piazza del Nettuno we will be able to admire the famous sculptural work created by Giambologna in collaboration with Zanobio Portigiani and Tommaso Laureti in 1566: the Fontana del Nettuno. Dedicated to Pope Pius IV, the fountain is also called al Żigànt, or the giant, due to the size of the god represented.

An important symbol of the city are the towers of Bologna, built in the Middle Ages, of which there were originally over a hundred specimens while today only 22 can be admired, including the most famous: tthe leaning towers of the Asinelli and Garisenda, used by famous scientists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries for experiments concerning terrestrial motion. The Torre degli Asinelli, with its 97 meters, is known to be the tallest leaning tower in Italy. Finally, we will be able to admire the Anatomical Theater of the Municipal Library of the Archiginnasio, a room designed in 1637 to be home to anatomy lessons, built in fir wood and decorated with statues of famous doctors and anatomists. Inside the room we will be able to observe curious statues such as the two “Spellati” that recall the skinned San Bartolomeo of the Milan Cathedral or a seated female figure, an allegory of the Anatomy that receives as a gift from a winged putto not a flower, but a femur.

With the guided tour of Bologna we will discover the amazing architectural jewels of the city of the two towers and its traditions

What’s included

  • private motor coach transportation as per itinerary
  • guided tours as scheduled (San Petronio with Cappella Bolognini, Santa Maria della Vita, Santo Stefano, San Domenico , Teatro anatomico dell’Archiginnasio and city center)
  • Entrance fee to all sites as per itinerary (San Petronio con Cappella Bolognini e a Santa Maria della Vita, Teatro anatomico dell’Archiginnasio)
  • Offer at the church of Santo Stefano and San Domenico
  • Headsets during the sightseeing tours

 

All our guided tour are conducted by a guide with regular professional licence.

 

 

What’s not included

  • Transport to reach the meeting point
  • Food and beverage ( if not indicated in the program )
  • Tips (optional)
  • Personal Extras

 

Meeting point

Departure

Via Paleocapa 4 - Milano
15 minutes before the start of the tour in Via Paleocapa 4 ( MM Cadorna )

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancel up to 60 days for a full refund
  • 50% refund between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour
  • No refund within 30 days before the start of the tour

The experiences on scheduled dates are in partnership with MILANOGUIDA.

It is possible to organize private and customized guided tours, in different languages ( for information and prices please contact us)

Info and booking

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