Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore (Bologna)

The square is closed to the West by the Town Hall (or d'accursio), today seat of the municipality of Bologna, of Collezioni Comunali d'Arte and the Morandi Museum, which runs along the adjoining Piazza del Nettuno, in the Centre of which stands the homonymous Fountain (also known as the giant) built in 1565 by Giambologna.

To the South, in front of the Palazzo del Podestà rises the unfinished façade of the Basilica di San Petronio, an example of Italian Gothic, begun in the late 14th century and never finished.

Finally the East close Palazzo dei Banchi, actually a simple façade built between 1565 and 1568 on a design by Giacomo Barozzi.

The central part of the square is characterized by a pedestrian platform, dubbed "the crescentone", built in 1934.



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