Discount Hotels Bologna
Historical interest: Bologna
The history of Bologna is best told by following the Piazza Maggiore (Main
Square) through the many years. The square is the heart of the old town and
Bologna's traditional political, community and economic centre. In the past,
the square was the hub for local business trading with several European countries.
The town identified its 'heart' in this square by building around it palaces
where the new institutional centres and the seats of powers were to be located.
The town hall was where holders of Municipal powers informed people of decisions,
provisions and norms being adopted, and heralded news of peace and war.
The Municipal Building stores seven centuries of history inside its walls.
In fact, from the 14th century onward, the building has always housed the most
important bodies of the town's government. Up to the early 14th century, Bologna
had kept its independence as a 'free Commune' but afterwards power was held
by several noble families, including: the Pepoli and Visconti; then the Pope's
vicars; and the Bentivoglio. In the early 16th century, after the fall of Giovanni
II Bentivoglio, the town reverted back to the jurisdiction of the Papal States
until 1796 when it was conquered by Napoleon's army.
The following period saw the town being occupied back and forth by Austrian
and French troops, but the Congress of Vienna established that the Papal Legation
was to be reinstated to power. In 1860, following a popular plebiscite, the
town was annexed to the Savoy Kingdom.
Today, Piazza Maggiore is still the point of reference for all the Bolognese
and still at the centre of the most significant events of their present and
past history; political, religious, cultural and musical events and gatherings
are still held there.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Boscolo Hotel Tower Bologna
Holiday Inn Bologna Via Emilia
Jolly Hotel De La Gare
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full list of hotels and online booking