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#1 TORRE DEI PRENDIPARTE - Of the 20 noble towers left in Bologna (there were more than 100), there is one in particular: the Tower of Prendiparte, in Piazzetta Sant'Alò. It was built in the 12th century, and in the 18th century it was used as a prison for those guilty of crimes against Christian religion and morality. Today you can still enter the ancient cells, see the graffiti left by the prisoners, climb to the top for a breathtaking view.

 

#2 THE PORTICOES OF BOLOGNA If Bologna is unique it is also thanks to its porticoes: they are 40 kilometers long and practically run along the entire city. They were built illegally in the Middle Ages, to gain space for houses, and then they turned into works of art, each with its own particularity. For example, the portico of Casa Isolani (Strada Maggiore 19), is one of the highest in the city and is the only one to have kept the oak structure (the others are in masonry). Fun fact: three lees are stuck under the portico which, according to legend, were thrown by assassins hired by a nobleman to kill his cheating wife.

 

#3 VILLA GHIGI Bologna is full of parks, and for many, the one of Villa Ghigi - which rises around the surrounding villa of the same name - is among the most beautiful. From Porta San Mamolo, it is an oasis of 27 hectares that offers one of the most beautiful views of the city, and many possibilities for excursions with paths that cross meadows, vineyards, orchards and trees planted by the Bolognese in honour of loved ones.

 

#4 MUSIC MUSEUM The Music Museum (Strada Maggiore 24) is one of the many small and beautiful museums in Bologna that are worth discovering: it is located in Palazzo Sanguinetti, a splendid building full of frescoes created between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, where the tenor Domenico Donzelli and Giocchino Rossini also lived. In nine rooms, it tells the history of music in Europe with autographs, opera librettos, instruments and memorabilia, including the task with which Mozart passed the admission exam to the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna in 1770.

 

#5 OSTERIA DEL SOLE It is one of the oldest taverns in Italy, it opened in 1465, and the formula is still the same: at the Osteria del Sole (vicolo Ranocchi, 1) everyone brings their own food - it doesn't matter if it's grandma's lasagna, a plate of cold cuts or one of Chinese noodles - and then buy a drink. It is always full, with tourists and students for lunch and Bolognese in the evening, and it is a must-try place.

 

#6 DOZZA Dozza is a small open-air art treasure, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Walking through its cobbled alleys, you can admire dozens of murals and drawings on the walls of the houses, the result of a biennial festival of artists born in the 1960s and which is still held today. A riot of imagination. Do not forget to take a trip to the Rocca Sforzesca, home to the Wine Shop of the Emilia Romagna (enotecaemiliaromagna.it/en/).

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