The Piazza Maggiore is the heart of Bologna, the heart of the city, and has the important buildings of the city, including the Palace of the Podesta (XIII century), Town Hall, rebuilt in the late fifteenth century, on the east side, the Palace of the Banks, built in the XVI century due to Vignola, next to the church, the Palace of the notaries (XIV-XV centuries), and on the west side there is the Palazzo Comunale (XIII-XV) , San Petronio and the Neptune Fountain Square. Although I visited on a Wednesday during the night, it was as if it were a Saturday! Really full of people!
I love flea markets! And this is a very special one, as well as being in the center and despite not having just too many paraetas, you can find a lot of antiques and a lot of stories behind them. Dinnerware, medals, coins and stamps, cards, letters, postcards, jibs, watches, brooches ... and depending on the season. Although I was in a hurry to catch the bus to go to the airport I could not resist it.
The Piazza Grande, Modena, is incredibly impressive, even though the overlooking Civic Tower is currently under scaffolding. Aside from its size, the square is packed with history and art. Around it you can see the Town Hall, the Cathedral and the Ghirlandina tower, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square was originally designed in the Middle Ages, but has undergone significant changes over the centuries.
A photogenic square starting from the cathedral, the clock tower, and City Hall. There are usually enough people and a good atmosphere, and its a few meters from the Estense Castle, the icon of the city and also the Osteria al Brindisi, the most ancient in the world. At night the nights make it even more attractive.
The Ariostea Square, named for the statue of Ludovico Ariosto in the center, is not only famous for its velodrome, but also for the Palio of Ferrara which takes place every year on the last Sunday of May.
The name of the old Empire Square makes it easy to guess the date of its construction (1933, during the fascist regime). Now it's called the Piazza Matteotti, and is one of the most central parts of Modena.