About Lara S
Lives in Bologna, Italy
Since Dec. 2012
25-34 year old female
I'm a passionate archaeologist from Bologna that knows very well museums, churches and the architectures of the main Italian cities. I also love spending time with my friends in restaurants, bar, nightclub or simply walking around to enjoy the beauty of Italian landscape. I usually suggest itineraries to friends who come to visit me.
Other Outdoor Activities
Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Speciality Shops
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Located just out of town—or 'fuori porta' (outside the gateways) as a local would say—the Margherita Gardens is the biggest park in the city, extending to 26 hectares. You can jog, rollerblade, or skate along its tree-lined boulevards, or relax and picnic on its fresh grass.
These two towers are the symbol of Bologna, built in the Middle Ages by noble families seeking status. There are also other towers still intact, such as Azzoguidi o Altabella Tower, Prendiparte o Coronata Tower, Guidozagni Tower, Uguzzoni Tower and Galluzzi Tower—a visit to any of these examples of Medieval Bologna will allow you to explore other very charming and little frequented areas of the city.
The Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca is the first thing you will see when arriving in Bologna. Built on the Della Guardia hill, it is linked to the city center by a portico that goes from Saragozza Gateway to the Meloncello Arch (nearby the stadium), and then up to the top of the hill. This is one of the most popular Sunday walks among the locals!
Piazza Maggiore is one of the most beautiful Italian squares, enclosed within Bologna's most famous monuments: San Petronio Basilica, Palazzo D'Accursio, Plazzo dei Notai, Palazzo dei Banchi, and the Palazzo del Podestà. The famous fountain by Giambologna sits nearby, and from this central location, you can easily reach Via del Pratello and its taverns (following Via Ugo Bassi), or take Via Rizzoli and end up under the Two Towers, where the lively university area starts.
Follow the trail around this monument-filled cemetery to see cloisters, loggias and wonderful sculptures by Bolognese artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. Many famous people are buried here, including the painter Giorgio Morandi, Nobel Prize poet Giosuè Carducci, opera singer Farinelli, and singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla.
Every Friday and Saturday, 6.30am-8pm, this big local market comes to life in the Montagnola Park and Piazza VIII Agosto. With more than 400 stalls selling vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, ethnic handicrafts, shoes, and much more, La Piazzola is an excellent place to shop and a colorful and lively spot to experience.
In this park, which was created as a memorial to the local farmers who died during the Second World War, you will find an interesting mix of nature and history. Five themed itineraries—including nature, art, history, and religion—are available to satisfy a variety of interests, and guests can follow these as they explore. I would recommend the itinerary 'Percorso del Memoriale,' which features many villages affected by the 1944 massacre, as well as other important places from the liberation struggle.
Founded in 1568, the Botanic Garden of Bologna University is one of the oldest gardens in Italy. There are millions of local and exotic plants displayed in different sections here. I particularly enjoy the ones dedicated to medicinal plants, ornamental plants, and the woods. There are also three greenhouses with tropical and succulent plants to discover.
This park is located in the hills just outside Bologna and is famous for its chalk outcrops, karst systems, caves and the Calanchi (ravines) dell'Abbadessa. The fascinating landscape makes Parco dei Gessi Bolognesi an ideal place for passionate walkers and those who'd like to be a speleologist (cave expert) for a day!
This is the old medieval market and food shopping area, whose tiny cobblestoned streets are framed within a quadrilateral area by Piazza Maggiore, via Rizzoli, via Castiglione, and via Farini. The market has occupied the same area in the city center since Roman times and is now characterized by many food shops, delicatessens, and delis that sell local products such as tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelle, and ragù.