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.