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Bologna treasure hunt IIS Corinaldesi Padovano

by GIORDANA DE LIGUORI

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Bologna is the capital and largest city of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. It has about 390,000 inhabitants.
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History!
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Bologna was founded by the Etruscans with the name Felsina (c. 534 BC) and became a Roman colony in 189 BC. In the 11th century Bologna began to grow again as a free commune, joining the Lombard League against Frederick Barbarossa in 1164. The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is the oldest existing university in Europe. After being crushed by the Modenese in 1325, Bologna began to decay and asked the protection of the Pope at the beginning of the 14th century.
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Bologna has a considerable number of little quirks, legends and secrets to be discovered. Trying to find them makes for an exciting cultural treasure hunt around the city centre, from the main Piazza Maggiore.
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So... go to see for yourself and came away with some interesting results!
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Basilica of San Petronio

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Take a photo of saint petronius...you can find him in the façade.
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Despite being Bologna’s most important church, San Petronio isn’t the city’s cathedral. It’s dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Petronius, who was the bishop of Bologna in the 5th century.
San Petronio is one of the world’s largest churches (the sixth largest in Europe): it’s 132 meters long, 60 meters wide and 45 meters high. Construction began in 1390, based on a project by architect Antonio di Vincenzo. Work on the basilica continued for centuries, with a second project presented in 1514 envisioning a building that would measure 224 meters in length and 150 meters in width, bigger than St. Peter’s in Rome. The Basilica of San Petronio is unfinished.
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Directly opposite of Piazza Maggiore you can find the first of Bologna’s many secrets. Beneath the Palazzo della Podestà there is an arched vault with frescoes on the ceiling. By some miracle of engineering, this vault manages to transmit sounds from one side to another as clearly as a telephone. Stand in one corner of the vault facing the wall and have a friend stand diagonally opposite, and you will find their voice emanating mysteriously from the wall...
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