About Elisa Z
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Jul. 2012
25-34 year old female
I love traveling! Experience other cultures, learn new languages, taste exotic food and see the world from different perspectives. I was born in Italy but I left it soon after finishing my studies in Bologna. I lived in Dublin, Valencia, Melbourne and traveled a lot around Europe, South East Asia and Brazil. I currently live in London but I regularly go to Venice to visit some dear friends and to São Paulo to visit my partner's family and friends.
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Other Outdoor Activities
Piazza Maggiore is an ideal starting point for your visit. It is the heart of the city - all main streets branch off from here - and is surrounded by outstanding buildings and monuments that make this square a very unique place.
This charming church is interesting in part because it has never been completed. Inside, you can admire the Cassini's sundial line – traced in 1655, it is the longest sundial line in the world.
Time for a cappuccino! Choose this cute coffee shop located in Via Santo Stefano, a few steps away from the seven churches. It's perfect for a mid-morning or afternoon snack (though meal service can be hit or miss). The coffee is very good and the French croissants are delicious.
Also know as Sancta Jerusalem Bononiensis, this is the most suggestive religious place in the city. It is interesting to see the different architectural styles of each building; in particular, the Chiesa dei Sepolcri stands out for its impressive Romanic style.
These two towers are the symbol of Bologna. From the top, you will enjoy a breath-taking view and, on a clear day, you can even see the Mediterranean Sea. Be ready for a bit of a workout though: there are 498 steps to climb first!
Located in Via Zamboni, the heart of the University District, this museum hosts the collections and laboratories of the ancient Science Institute, which was founded in the 18th century. The amazing wall paintings represent an outstanding example of Bologna art.
This Gothic gem, with its beautiful facade and wonderful interior, was refurbished between the 19th and 20th centuries. Beside the church, you'll also find the monumental graves of the first professors of the University of Bologna.
This museum illustrates the long and rich history of Bologna, from the Etruscan times to the 20th century. The setup is very modern and interactive with informative 3D animated videos. Although most of the printed informational material is in Italian, many rooms have summary sheets in English and other languages.
After a long day of sightseeing, this is the right spot to relax and have a break from the bustle of the city. Located 'fuori porta' (outside the gateways) as a local would say, the Margherita Gardens is Bologna's biggest park, extending over 26 hectares.
To finish your day with a smile, pop in to trendy bar Camera a Sud, a hidden gem in the Jewish ghetto. Funky decor, shelves of books and vintage armchairs create a cozy and cool atmosphere. You can choose from a wide selection of wines and beers as well as gourmet food.