Guides to Fine Arts Like Painting, Designing, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography and More

By Fabio DeMartino

About 370,000 people live in the average sized city of Bologna that is located in the northern part of Italy called the Emilia Romagnia region. Its railway station is the busiest in the country of Italy because of its location between the north and the south of Italy.

Bologna was initially inhabited more than twenty centuries ago which means it has an abundance of historical sights for visitors. Some of the most interesting sightseeing suggestions for Bologna are explained below.

The National Art Gallery in Bologna has the biggest collection of art in the city. This museum in Bologna focusses mainly on Italian art created by artists from Bologna and the surrounding regions of Italy.

This Gallery keeps the works of famous Italian artists including Titian, Raphael, Giotto and El Greco among other pieces. The National Art Gallery collects an ticket fee of 4 Euros between 9am and 7pm.

Neptune's fountain is situated in the centre of the old city of Bologna and aside from being a sightseeing attraction in its own right; it's a suitable place to grab a coffee at one of the nearby cafes.

The fountain has been a permanent feature of Bologna since the mid 16th century and it's four cherubs and sirens located on four directions around the bronze statue of Neptune in the middle represent the four corners of the earth.

The Bologna Archaeology Museum has a reasonably extensive collection of artefacts that were excavated around Bologna and the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. There is a particularly good collection of artefacts from the Etruscan people that pre-dates ancient Rome. This museum in Bologna opens at 9am daily and closes at 6.30pm. Museum entrance costs 4.

The Basilica of St Petronio is one of the oldest and most magnificent constructions in Bologna. The Basilica was originally built in the 14th century and is the fifth largest basilica in the world.

There was an effort initially to build this Basilica much bigger but the plan was dropped later on thanks to then Pope who passed an edict that no other Basilica should overshadow the one in the Vatican.

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