An unfinished church with Gothic charm
San Petronio Basilica is one of the largest Gothic churches in Bologna. It is dedicated to the city’s patron saint. The Basilica dominates Piazza Maggiore (or Piazza Grande as Lucio Dalla used to sing, which is what the locals call it) and has an unfinished facade divided into two horizontal sections. The lower one features marble decorations created between the end of the fourteenth century and the beginning of the sixteenth century, while the upper section features rough walls and protruding bricks as it was never completed. Inside the three-nave Basilica you will find the longest sundial in the world, along with 22 side chapels. In the Cappella dei Re Magi you can admire frescoes by Giovanni da Modena on the life of San Petronio, including The Inferno, as well as paintings by Jacopo di Paolo on the journey of the three kings. You can also head up to the terrace to admire unique views of the city and enjoy an aperitif while enjoying the view.
NOT TO BE MISSED
WHAT TO SEE IN THE SURROUNDING AREA
- Palazzo d'Accursio
- Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune)
- Torre dell'Orologio
- Archaeological Civic Museum