Visitors to Italy will find the city of Bologna to be a pleasant place to pass their vacation time in. Bologna is the capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region which lies in the Po Valley. The city which is situated in Northern Italy can be found lying between the Reno River and that of the Savena River. Exploring the city of Bologna will reveal that the city has a rich culture, history and all the amenities that it takes to make visiting this city a pleasure. As you arrive in Bologna you will see a number of interesting places that you can visit. There are parks, fountains statues and many more picturesque places here. Many parks you will find in Bologna today used to be private gardens which belong to the nobles of the city.
Of these various gardens you may wish to the Giardini Margherita Park or as it is called the Margherita Gardens. The gardens and the chalet that you will see here were created in 1875. The chalet is used today as a nightclub during the summer evenings. Visitors to this lovely park will find that it is opened from 6 in the morning until midnight. This is one of the many parks that you can explore while you are in Bologna. Apart from parks you may wish to see some of the religious buildings that you will find in the city.
One such place you can visit during your sightseeing excursions is that of the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca or St. Luke’s Basilica. This basilica was built during the mid-18th century. Within this basilica you will be able to see the icon of Bologna which is known as the Madonna di San Luca. The shape of this basilica is somewhat unusual as it is round instead of rectangular. You will be able to reach the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca by walking along the unique portico with its 666 arches. As you walk long these arches you will be able to see a stunning view of the city.
Your next stop here in Bologna should be that of the Fontana di Nettuno – the Fountain of Neptune as it is called in English – which was built in 1563. This fountain is considered to be one of Bologna’s noted symbols. It was built by Tommaso Laureti of Palermo. The embellishments you will find on the fountain were added on later by Jean de Boulogne or as he was also called Giambologna. These are just a few of the beauties that you will find when you come and visit Bologna in Italy. The rich culture and history you will find here go hand in hand with the warmth and hospitality of the people of this city. There are many places to visit while in Bologna and it is suggested that you hire a car to make it easier for you to cover all the places of attractions in Bologna.
You can rent a car from Bologna, Florence or Siena cities and tour around these highlights of the Emilia Romagna – a visit to Museo Ferrari with an optional simulator drive, Balsamic vinegar estate tour and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Factory. Car Rental Italyprovides cars to rent to go around exploring the picturesque place of Italy and offers special economical packages especially for the tourists, who are visiting the place all through the year, irrespective of the season.