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Old March 24th, 2019, 08:14 PM   #21
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Italy is full of magic.
It is! Italian cities are overall the most attractive among those I have been to.

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Old March 24th, 2019, 08:21 PM   #22
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Here is first of all a satellite map of the city, with the red rectangle delimiting the areas I visited, and a detailed map of the center showing my itinerary, where the numbers reference the locations of the pictures:



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Old March 24th, 2019, 08:26 PM   #23
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Day 2, Sunday 17/1: “I think I love you ma’am!”

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Taking the same bus as the previous day, I get down again next to the Basilica of San Francesco. Founded in the 13th century by the Franciscan friars, it is considered the first and one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture in Italy. The apse of the church looks onto the main street while the façade looks onto a small square on the other side. Remarkable are the flying buttresses and the two bell towers, the largest of which is in 15th-century Gothic architecture while the other is Romanesque of 1260:

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At the feet of the apse stand three 13th-century mausoleums of the Glossators of the Bolognese School, who were some of the most important professors of law of the Studium, as the University of Bologna was called until 1800. The one seen here (the green pyramidal structure) houses the ark of the jurist Accursio and his son Francesco:

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Across the street stands one of the four surviving gates (out of a total of 18) of Bologna’s second circle of walls, built in brick starting the 11th century as the city began to grow, and thus commonly called Cerchia del Mille (Circle of the Millenium). These gates were all surmounted by a tower and often took the name of the street on which they opened; the one seen here is called Torresoto di Porta Nuova (since it opens on Via Porta Nuova), or alternatively Voltone di San Francesco (in reference to the church across the street):

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A little bit to the north is a palace whose peach tones are beautifully highlighted by the bright sun rays. But don’t let the sun fool you, the weather was still very cold:

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Further north, the square intersects with Via Ugo Bassi, which follows the route of the antique Via Aemilia, and whose current aspect is the result of the enlargement works executed in the interwar period. It is lined with grand buildings in neo-Renaissance or eclectic style, atypical of fascist architecture of that era, with elegant porticoes and upscale shops on the ground floor:

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The street is closed to traffic on weekends, so I decide to follow it eastwards till the area of Piazza Maggiore. The salmon-colored palace on the left, built for the Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni, is especially imposing. Torre Asinelli, the tallest of the emblematic “Two Towers”, forms a dramatic backdrop at the eastern end:

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While to the other side stands the deconsecrated 17th-century church of Santa Maria delle Laudi, popularly known as "Ospedaletto" as it also housed the hospital of the Compagnia dei Laudesi. The small brick building with two axes is what remains of Palazzo Ghisilieri. Built in the 15th century, it passed later into the hands of the Swiss family Brun, who turned it into one of the most refined hotels in the city until World War 2, when it was badly hit by an air raid:

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I’m especially impressed as well by the large building on the right, whose main floor features large ornate balconies at the corners, and which houses several hotels:


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I decide to briefly take a look at the smaller Monte Grappa street, which runs almost parallel to Ugo Bassi. While it’s nowhere as impressive, it has a cutesy Mediterranean feel and I like the warm colors of the buildings, oscillating in a palette of ochre and peach:

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The huge bell tower of San Pietro cathedral can be seen in the back:

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I return to Via Ugo Bassi, eager to admire more monumental palaces:

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Of particular interest is Palazzo della Zecca, as it was originally built in the 16th century. The modernization and enlargement works of the 20th century gave it the same character as the rest of the street, but the older façade was saved and transferred to the back side:

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On the corner of the first floor is a panel depicting the logo of Assicurazioni Generali, a winged lion:

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The remaining stretch of the street however is more peculiar. While the left side still shows a row of building with porticoes (the so-called Portici della Gabella), the right side is occupied by an imposing medieval brick structure, part of the extensive complex of Palazzo d’Accursio that also houses the city hall:

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This part of the complex sits on ancient remains that most likely correspond to the Roman forum, as the spot coincides with the intersection of the ancient Cardo Maximus and Decumanus Maximus streets. In the 14th century, a fortified structure was built, destined to host the troops of the Palazzo Communale, and transformed later into a veritable fortress with crenellated walls, an internal garden, stables and lodgings for the pontifical guards. The large corner tower, called Torrone, dates from this period:


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The area previously occupied by the garden was used in the second half of the 19th century as a stock exchange, hence the name Sala Borsa the whole structure is still known with. Since 2001, it has housed the public library of Bologna, which by extension is known as Biblioteca Salaborsa:

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Set against the northern wall of the complex is the impressive Fontana Vecchia (“Old Fountain”). It was built in 1563 to provide the population with drinking water, as the water of the Fountain of Neptune (to be seen soon) was for the exclusive use of Palazzo d'Accursio:

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Right afterwards, I arrive to the intersection of Via Ugo Bassi with Via dell’Indipendenza, the main vertical artery of the center that extends until the central railway station. To the right are the interconnected Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city and home to several of its most important landmarks, while Via Rizzoli continues towards the emblematic “Two Towers”:

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