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Thursday July 31, 2014 













Bologna
Youth
Bologna with its university, a young and lively city, shows us its hearty and erudite side. Amid bars for students and ancient museums, we find out why the city is so charming for young people, attracted numerous here. The bars in the centre where you can have a drink with some friends, the live-music places, shops, and gardens, where people can relax or work out. Bologna, the dynamic and enjoyable city, always seducing.

First Day
Let's see Bologna "the Erudite City" at the University district amid museums and places where young people have fun
 
From via Zamboni to via Delle Belle Arti; let's visit the main museums, places of science and culture
 
Lively atmosphere at the cantina Bentivoglio, the best place in the city where you can listen to live jazz music
Second Day
   
A promenade between via Santo Stefano and Strada Maggiore up to the Margherita Garden
 
The popular hamlet of via del Pratello, the Basilica of San Francesco and streets for shopping
 
Dinner with high-quality music, in one of the most popular places in the city, the Chet Baker Jazz Club
Third Day
   
A promenade in via Indipendenza amid ancient buildings, churches, theatres and beautiful shops
 
Visit at the Montagnola park with the local markets, the Modern Art Gallery, and then an aperitivo in the centre
 
Typical specialities and traditional restaurants or inns, then a change of atmosphere in discotheque

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 Bologna

Church of San Giacomo Maggiore - Bologna

City Theatre - Bologna

Carducci Classroom - Bologna

 
 
 
Youth
First Day

Morning
Bologna, the university city, shows its cheerful student's and multicultural spirit above all in the student's district, the one near via Zamboni and via delle Belle Arti. The area is full of universities, museums and places for young people. Lt's start our journey inside this interesting part of the city. The first important building we see is the small church of San Donato; then, at number 22 there is Palazzo Malvezzi – Campeggi, where today there is the Law Faculty. Let's go inside to take a look at the beautiful yard with a double loggia. A bit further there is the Church of San Giacomo Maggiore, with the Poggi Chapel and the Bantivoglio Chapel. If we proceed along via Zamboni, we end up in piazza Verdi, in the centre of the university district. From here we can see the 64-metre-high San Giacomo bell tower. On the square, always crowded with students, there is the City Theatre and a part o the Palazzo Poggi, seat of the University of Bologna, the most ancient in Europe, founded in 1088. The building has three entrances; we go in from number 31 to admire the frescoes depicting Ulysses' stories. Inside the building, we should also visit the Carducci Classroom, the legendary classroom where poet Giosuè Carducci used to teach, and the Hercules' Yard. In Palazzo Poggi there is also the Astronomic Observatory and the Astronomy Museum containing the ancient tools used to observe the sky. Let's have a break now, at the historical café Caffé del Museo, at 58, via Zamboni, frequented by students and professors.
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Mineralogy Museum - Bologna

Botanical Garden - Bologna

Palazzo Bentivoglio - Bologna

 
 
First Day
Bologna: Youth

Afternoon
After the break, we go towards the end of via Zamboni. At the intersection with piazza Puntoni, we can see the church of Santa Maria Maddalena dating back to the 12th century on the right; then we proceed up to Porta San Donato. The building on the corner is the Mineralogy Museum. Let's take via Irnerio, a wide boulevard flanked by trees where there is the Human Anatomy Museum, the Physics Museum and, at number 42, the Botanical Garden with the Herbarium containing 110,000 different kinds of fried plants. The tour of the museums is finished; let's go back towards via delle Belle Arti. We are still in the core of the university district, where there is the National Picture Gallery exhibiting some important works of popular artists like Guercino, Domenichino, Carracci, Giotto and Raphael. After the visit at the Picture Gallery, we walk along via delle Belle Arti where, at number 42, there is the Fine Arts Academy, and at number 8 Palazzo Bentivoglio, one of the many buildings owned by the lords of Bologna, today in ruins; the yard with double loggia is still beautiful. Maybe, not many people know that, close to here, in via delle Moline, once there was a channel area, , to power the mills, many of which were then covered. Here there is the Freak Andò shop, one of the most popular among the antique and modern antique collecting enthusiasts.
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Cantina Bentivoglio - Bologna

 
 
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Bologna: Youth

Evening
Let's stay in the university district for a dinner with live jazz music in via Mascarella at the Cantina Bentivoglio. The popular wine shop in Bologna, situated in the ancient cellars of Palazzo Bentivoglio, has a long jazz tradition thanks to the presence of international artists as well.
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Church of Santo Stefano - Bologna

Industrial Museum - Palazzo Bargellini  Bologna

Church of Santa Maria dei Servi - Bologna

 
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Second Day

Morning
One of the main streets in the city is via Santo Stefano, leading to the typical Church of Santo Stefano made of seven churches. At 6, via Santo Stefano, there is also the Godot Wine Store, a place you should not miss, for wine-tasting or purchase of prestigious labels. Very close to the church, in piazza San Giovanni in Monte, there is another interesting building, the church of San Giovanni. Let's go towards Strada Maggiore, another important street, to visit the Industrial Art Civic Museum in Palazzo Bargellini. Inside visitors can admire, among other things, period furniture, terracotta collections, chinaware and embroideries. Opposite the museum there is the Church of Santa Maria dei Servi with its elegant quadriporticus. Let's go back to Via Santo Stefano and walk up to the very end, then let's turn into via Dante to visit the Giosuè Carducci's House- Museum. The house contains remains, manuscripts, and personal items of the poet who lived and taught in Bologna until he died. The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden worth a visit. We can also visit another green area, the area of the Margherita Garden, park loved by the people in Bologna who come and sit here to read in sunny days, laying on the grass, running, riding or skating. Those who want to visit other museums should go to see the Toy Soldier Historical Museum, with ancient collections, and the Atc Historical Collection with all the means of transportation in the city.
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Basilica of San Francesco - Bologna

Rock Shop - Bologna

Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca - Bologna

 
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Second Day
Bologna: Youth

Afternoon
The area around via del Fratello, which once was a popular road near the centre, is very interesting. With time, more and more students went to this area, and many places, inns and clubs opened, like the Pavese, the Riff Raff, where shows and cultural events are held. In this way, the ancient hamlet still is very lively. Near via del Pratello, there is the Basilica of San Francesco, one of the most beautiful churches in Bologna, exquisite example of Italian Gothic, surrounded by strange structures: the commentators' tombs, arched sepulchres of some popular commentators of the Roman Law. The road parallel to via del Pratello is via San Felice, with some interesting clothes shops or stores with some house fittings; at number 24, there is one of the best ice-cream parlours in town, Gelateria Ugo, where we should definitely stop.
We suggest the music enthusiasts to go to via della Grada, an ancient area of channels, now covered, where, at number 6, there is the Rock Shop, full of items and bargains to find without rushing. Let's go now southwards, to reach Porta Saragozza, one of the ancient city entrances whose structure is still intact. On the other side, there is the entrance to San Luca's Porch leading to the sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. We can walk up to the top enjoying the vista of the city at sunset, or go on for another sweet break at the Majani, historical chocolate shop in Bologna, sheer bliss for our mouth.
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Chet Baker Jazz Club - Bologna

 
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Evening
For a night of great music, we have to go to the popular Chet Baker Jazz Club, where international artists perform live. Guests can also have dinner and taste some delicious specialities of the Bologna cuisine. For more music, we can also visit the Roxy Bar, in Via Rizzoli 9, popular because Vasco Rossi, an Italian singer, mentioned it in one of his songs.
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Piazza Nettuno and piazza Maggiore - Bologna

Medieval Civic Musem - Bologna

Enoteca Italiana - Bologna

 
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Third Day

Morning
Let's leave from Piazza Maggiore, overlooked by the majestic Church of San Petronio, the Palazzo Comunale, Neptune's Fountain and other historical buildings. We walk towards via Indipendenza, one of the main streets in Bologna, with beautiful shop windows and monuments, where people have a walk and do some shopping. Right at the beginning of the street, on the left, there is Saint Peter's Church, with its façade, too big to be fully appreciated in such a narrow space. In front of it there is via Manzoni, where we go to see the 15th-century Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava with the Medieval Museum. Let's visit the elegant yard and then the museum; moreover, under the porch of the building, there is one of the most exclusive restaurants in the city: I Carracci. Let' go back to via Indipendenza and stop in via Marsala at the Enoteca Italiana, one of the wine shops with the longest wine list where we can buy some prestigious labels, like the Colli Bolognesi wines or have a drink, tasting a glass of wine with typical salami or cheese. Let's then proceed on via Marsala to take a look at the Church of San Martino Maggiore.
Let's go back to via Indipendenza and, walking under its long porch, we end up in a small square with a garden in the middle, where Garibaldi's statue towers; opposite, we can see the façade of the Arena del Sole Theatre, one of the most important drama theatre in the city.
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Montagnola Park - Bologna

Porta Galliera - Bologna

Antiche Stampe - Bologna

 
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Afternoon
At the end of via Indipendenza, there is the wide Montagnola Park, the oldest public garden in Bologna. The entrance with the flight of steps is in piazza Otto Agosto, where, every weekend, on Friday and Saturday, there is the Piazzola and Montagnola Market clothes and second-hand items enthusiasts should not miss. We leave the green area from the entrance in front of Porta Galliera. Near here there are the ruins of the ancient stronghold, the Galliera Castle, demolished and rebuilt many times; according to the legend, the Montagnola hill formed with its rubbles. We are very close to the Bologna Railway Station, where via Galliera starts from, one of the most ancient roads in the city; let's walk along it and reach number 42, where there is the shop of ancient prints Stampe Antiche, where enthusiasts can find interesting items at low prices. For the rest of the afternoon, we can visit the Modern Art Gallery
Inside villa delle Rose, a suggestive place north of the city, in the Exhibition district, outside the city walls, even though now the walls are, in reality, boulevards, as only some traces remain of them today. At Villa delle Rose very interesting contemporary art exhibitions are held. At the end of our tour, we go back to the centre for an aperitivo in one of the trendiest places in Bologna, the Rosa Rose popular among people in Bologna, behind piazza Maggiore, where you could also meet stars.
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Buca delle Campane - Bologna

 
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Evening
For a special dinner, you can go eat at Fabio's, serving delicious first courses, typical of Bologna, and a buffet with excellent desserts, or you can go to an inn, like the Buca delle Campane, one of the most typical restaurants in Bologna. After dinner, you can go dance at the Kinki, one of the historical and most alternative discotheques in the city.
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