Guided tour of Bologna

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Description

Description

The town of Bologna was founded on the site of the “Cultura Vilanoviana”, home to a Neolithic civilisation in 2000 BC which was skilled in metalwork. The town was called “Felsina” by the Etruscans, then afterwards, The Romans named it “Bononia”, from where its current name originates. At the fall of the Roman Empire, the town experienced a great decline and did not find its greatness again until the 11th century when Bologna became independent. This “renaissance” coincided with the foundation of the University of Bologna in 1088. Bologna today is famous for its many arcades (or porticos) and balconies, old brick palaces and numerous churches, the two medieval leaning towers and its 8km long wall.
We set off by coach from Polesella and head to Bologna. We begin our tour on foot, walking to the Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the town with the magnificent Fontana di Nettuno (Neptune’s Fountain). We visit the Gothic Basilica di San Petronio, the largest and most important church in the town which houses the masterpieces of Jacopo della Quercia (sculptor, 1371-1438). Next we visit the Palazzo d’ Accursio, before continuing with a guided walking tour of the town centre where we admire the Palazzo della Mercanzia and the leaning towers “Torre degli Asinelli & Garisenda”. We then visit the Basilica di Santo Stefano, a historic, artistic and religious complex of buildings, and the Archiginnasio, the first permanent seat of the University with a beautiful amphitheatre (interior visit included). Free time then return by coach to the ship.

 

  • Duration : ~ 5:00
  • Good walking shoes are strongly recommended for this excursion.
  • Modest clothing essential for visiting the churches.
  • The order of the visits may be changed at any time.
    The timetable shown above is given purely as an indication and cannot be taken as confirmed.
  • These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary. If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to pay on board).
  • The excursions of the first evening and the morning following the embarkation are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.