Sometimes the best way to visit a city is to view it from above.
Seeing Bologna from up high is an activity I always recommend to people visiting the city – it’s a great thing to do if you’re pushed for time and can’t tour all of the city from below. Plus, the views are really amazing and you can full appreicate why Bologna is nicknamed ‘la rossa’ (the red city) afterwards.
Here’s a little list of my favorite panoramic views in Bologna.
Part of the infamous Bologna landmark I Due Torri (the two towers), this is perhaps the most famous and most visited view point of Bologna. 498 steps and 3 euro later, you can see an absolutely amazing panorama of the city, particularly of the main square, Piazza Maggiore.
2. San Luca
Even though it’s a bit of a hike, the monastery of San Luca still remains one of the most beautiful sights in Bologna. While climbing through over 600 porticos, you can stop and see the entire city from afar, as well as the spectacular green Bolognesi hills which rest behind the city.
3. Hotel Touring
A little bit off the beaten track, the terrazza of Hotel Touring is the perfect place to enjoy a morning cappuccino or evening apertivo, with a stupendous view of both the city and the Bolognese hills. For the fainthearted, it might be a much better place than the Asinelli tower, as it isn’t too high up and it has an elevator. Perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Piazza Maggiore…
For the spendthrifts, this is absolutely the view for you. Book a night in this bed-and-breakfast/tower and you will not only have the chance to see a wonderful view of the city (bolognesi hills, piazza maggiore, the towers and ALL), but you will have the entire tower to yourself for as long as you stay. You only live once, eh?
5. San Michele in Bosco
Beyond the city walls, way up in the hills, in the middle of a little forest (bosco), lies the San Michele monastery (which actually now functions as one of the best orthopedic hospitals in the world) and from this monastery you have one of the best panoramic views of Bologna!
What’s your favorite city view?