To visit Bologna in one day is not only possible but it is also easy! Just know what to see so you do not miss the fundamental experiences that this beautiful city can give you.
For those who are visiting the city first time, it may be crucial to have a path to follow, so you do not miss any of the main points of interest. For this purpose, we have created a sightseeing including the best things to do. It is suppose to make your holidays a wonderful experience.
Just one day in Bologna, follow our sightseeing tour
This sightseeing is designed to visit the city in one day and is structured to meet every need. You can admire historic sites and singular architecture, stroll through the medieval streets of the old town and go shopping. We did not forget to include tips about where to eat and where to relax yourself.
What to see if you’ll stay just one day in Bologna? The city sightseeing starts in Piazza Maggiore!
If you want to visit Bologna in one day you have to start from here, this is the heart of the city. The square is always crowed and if you want to start your day with a good breakfast there are plenty of places to sit down for a coffee, we suggest you try it under the porch of Palazzo del Podestà. From this location you can admire the façade of the Basilica of San Petronio and all the surrounding buildings. Just ready to go and discover the wonders of Piazza Maggiore, the beautiful palaces surrounding it, and the statue of San Petronio, the patron saint of the city.
At this point you can enter the Basilica and take a look at the masterpieces it contains. Go out of San Petronio and head to the opposite side and try the “Cordless Phone” of Voltone del Podestà. Unveiled this mystery you can move to the wonderful Neptune Fountain.
Walking and shopping in the Quadrilatero
After the tour of Piazza Maggiore, with its magnificent palaces and the legacies of the nobility of Bologna, it is time to move to a more folkloristic area. Quadrilatero is the neighbourhood that was once known as the Mercato di Mezzo (Middle Market). This was the neighbourhood where craftsmen companies came up and trade was taking place. Its streets maintain the charm of old time while hosting modern stores and international luxury brands.
We recommend crossing it through via Pescherie Vecchie, via Drapperie, Via degli Orefici, alley of the Ranocchi and then exit via Clavature to get to Santo Stefano and continue your visit.
During one day in Bologna you have to see Piazza Santo Stefano and the “Sette Chiese”
Arriving in Via Santo Stefano coming from Via Clavature you will have to turn right and immediately you will be at the next stop of your one day visit.The square of Santo Stefano has a surreal appearance and entering the Complesso delle Sette Chiese (Complex of the Seven Churches) you will understand why this is one of the best things to see.
Then it will be almost lunch time, nearby there are several restaurants where to eat. In the square we recommend Da Cesarina, a restaurant of very good quality but rather expensive. On Via del Borgo Nuovo you will find the Osteria delle Sette Chiese where to taste a good plate of Tigelle and salami in a simple and welcoming location. Alternatively inside the Quadrilatero you will find several places where to eat, among which we recommend the Mercato di Mezzo, where you can find a wide selection of Italian products.
The Finestrella of Via Piella it’s one of the things to see if you have just one day to visit Bologna
Visiting the city in one day you have to stop in Via Piella and take a look at Piccola Venezia, which is of course the most famous of the Seven Secrets. If you have stopped for lunch, restart your tour from via Rizzoli and continue heading towards Indipendenza Street. Walking around the main streets you can see the shop windows and enjoy the pleasant stroll that characterizes the city. At the intersection with Via Righi, follow the road to Via Piella, here you will find the famous Finestrella (window). A few minutes stop is enough to enjoy the nice panorama you can see from the window. Then go back to Independenza street and keep walking until you reach Porta Galliera. This is one of the old gate of the city with a very beautiful architecture.
If you want a relaxing time you can cross the road and visit the Montagnola gardens. Get in on the beautiful Pincio marble staircase that is decorated with two bas-reliefs and the Giant Wife’s fountain. The park is a good place for a break in the green.
The city from above, a panorama not to be missed
After the break you can leave Montagnola Gardens from the exit of via Irnerio. Turn left and follow via Alessandrini and then via Oberdan so you will be a few steps from the towers, very close to your destination. The Asinelli Tower is not only beautiful to see but can be visited from the inside, also you can reach its top. The panorama you’ll enjoy is wonderful, you will be enchanted by seeing the city from above and the life flowing below you. This is an attraction not to be missed if you stay just one day in Bologna.
Have an Aperitivo, a good way to end one day in Bologna
Have an Aperitivo it’s a good way to end your tour, so let’s find a good place for Aperitivo . Close to the tower of the Asinelli it is full of wine bars and restaurants. Anyway that one we recommend is a special place: the Mercato delle Erbe.
You will just have to walk via Rizzoli and then via Ugo Bassi to find this unique place. The Mercato delle Erbe was born as a fruit and vegetable market, but recently some areas of the property have been used as restaurants and finger food shops, here you will find a wide variety of Bologna food, good wine and a peaceful location to finish the city tour.