What to see in Bologna

Author: CpILL

Bologna Places And Charm, Italy

Jewish ghetto
Bologna's ghetto, in the medieval part of the city, preserves its original structure. Dark passageways, narrow alleys and courtyards where the Church confined Bologna's Jews from 1556 to 1593, when they were exiled from the city for more than 2 centuries. The ghetto is located between Via dell'Inferno and the adjacent streets: an area once enclosed by two gates. The synagogue was located at 16 Via dell'Inferno.

The Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico) is located on Via Valdonica: it traces the history of the Jews over 4000 years, with particular focus on the link between the Jewish community and Emilia Romagna. It also has a specialized library.
Closed: Saturday and Jewish holidays.

The Spanish College
Collegio di Spagna is a beautiful medieval college founded in 1365 to house the Spanish students enrolled in the famous university. The complex is protected by high walls, and is built in a style halfway between a monastery and fortified building. The entrance portal leads to a pretty 16th century cloister with double loggia. The upper loggia is decorated with frescoes in the Gothic vaults. Even now the college house 16 lucky Spanish students enrolled at the University of Bologna at no charge. Visits by request only.

Via Saragozza
Leaving Collegio di Spagna, we recommend walking down Via Saragozza until the gate that encloses it in the walls. Its long red arcades form one of the most spectacular sights of the city.

Climb to San Luca Church
Located on a hill dominating Bologna, Santuario di San Luca is one of the symbols of the city. The most charming way to reach it is to walk along the 666 arches of the longest portico in the world! The portico, built in the 18th century, starts from Via Saragozza and leads to the sanctuary with a route lasting almost four kilometers, which starts on flat ground and ends at 220 meters on Colle della Guardia. The views over the city that can be seen from the portico and hill will fully repay the effort. Inside the Sanctuary you can see the famous picture of the Madonna, a Byzantine painting that legend attributes to the evangelist Luke.


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