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This ancient city, the capital of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, is full of history and is known for its beautiful architecture and fine cuisine. Compact and easily accessible, this lovely city is nestled in the heart of Italy and has been beautifully maintained, with Roman influenced buildings and spectacular churches intertwined with heaps of culture and excellent shopping. Must-see attractions in Bologna include the Fountain of Neptune, built in 1563 and regarded by many as the symbol of the city. Other highlights include Saint Luke's Basilica on Guardia Hill, the city square of Piazza Magiore and for car enthusiasts there is the fascinating Lamborghini Museum.
Neptune's FountainGiambologna's 16th century civic fountain was sculpted in 1566 and now is regarded by many as the symbol of Bologna. Set in the piazza of the same name, the fountain features bronze cherubs and dolphins in addition to Neptune himself.
St. Stephan's SquareOne of Bologna's grand squares, also known as the Seven Churches Square, is home to a complex of medieval churches dating back from as early as the 8th century. The patron of Saint Petronio is buried inside the Seven Churches.
The Two TowersThe Two Towers, or the Torre Pendenti as they are known locally, are the only surviving towers of the dozens that once bristled up from the heart of the city. Both towers lean alarmingly, and you can climb the 498 steps to the top for unmissable views.
San Luca BasilicaThe sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is a beautiful church perched atop the hill of Monte della Guardia, featuring an alarming 666 intricately carved archways. The church houses many pieces of painted artworks by Donato Creti and Guido Reni.
Palazzo ComunaleSituated on the grand Piazza Maggiore is the city's former town hall, which is home to some fantastic art collections from the middle ages to the 19th century, including works by Giorgio Morandi, donated to the comune by relatives.
San Petronio BasilicaErected in 1390, this enormous church is the fifth largest in the world and is unsuprisingly Bologna's main site of relgious worship. It has a spacious, calm interior with high, vaulted ceilings and exquisite biblical bas-relief doors.