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PIAZZA MAGGIORE PIAZZA NETTUNO PALAZZO DELL'ARCHIGINNASIO SAN PETRONIO FERRARI & DUCATI


Bologna is called the “ turrita” ( turreted), or the medieval Bologna of the two towers, of dentesque memory. Of the approximately 100 towers built in Bologna around the twelfth century nowadays there remain 24, unmistakable presence of the urban fabric. The Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna ( formerly University of Bologna), is the oldest university in Europe.  Despite the early known editions of university statutes date back to 1317, a thriving law school had already existed since the eleventh century: according to some historians the year of foundation is 1088, date set on the occasion of the eight centenary by a committe chaired by Giosuè Carducci; The founder is considered to be Irnerio, allegedly died before 1125. The arcades of Bologna represent an important architectural and cultural heritage for the city and they are its symbol along with the several towers. There is not another city boasting as many arcades as Bologna. Only in the historic centre they measure 38 km altogether, while including also the ones outside the historic city walls they amount to 53km. Due to their artistic and cultural significance, the arcades of Bologna are a cultural italian candidate as a “World Heritage Site” by the Unesco.



LUNCH AT HOTEL SCHOOL - CASTEL SAN PIETRO

ITINERARY

Departure in the morning; arrival in Bologna at the Central Station.
The first stop of your tour will be the Fountain of Neptune, a magnificent statue located in the large Piazza del Nettuno.
Next, we will visit Piazza Maggiore, the most important square in Bologna with the 
Asinelli and  Garisenda Towers, which are the considered the symbols of the city.
Piazza Santo Stefano includes some  churches and different religious buildings, known as the "Seven Churches". 
Another very important step is the 'Archiginnasio Palace, a sixteenth century palace with an important library containing more than 10.000 manuscripts and the museum of anatomy.
The Basilica of San Petronio was built in the late fourteenth century. Despite two centuries of work, the
facade of the basilica is incomplete, the bottom is marble Gothic style, while the upper is red marble.
Canale delle Moline (Molline Channel), is the extension of Canale di Reno. Few meters after the walls of Trecento, it joins Torrente Aposa. You can see it through small windows in Via Oberdan, Via Malcontenti and Via Piella.



Last stop will be Museum Enzo Ferrari or Ducati Museum.