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The people of Bologna have been gathering on the Piazza Maggiore for centuries. This large square in the heart of the city is surrounded by beautiful medieval buildings like the Palazzo del Podestà, Pallazo d’Accursio and, of course, the giant Basilica of San Petronio with its unfinished grey façade.
Bologna was a thriving city in the Middle Ages. During this time, its residents enjoyed considerable freedom, the textile trade flourished and the University of Bologna was founded – the first university in the world. The Piazza Maggiore has been at the very heart of this progressive city. This crowded trading hub attracted merchants from around the world, and the city government carried out its duties in the surrounding ‘palazzi’. The best way to relax and enjoy the Piazza Maggiore is to act like a student and sit at an outdoor café, order a chilled glass of Chianti and enjoy the view.