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Preparing your trip to Bologna: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

Bologna - Porta Galliera 1. The best way to travel in the city is by underground. Buses will also take you to all main attractions of the city. It's worth noting that tickets for underground and buses are the same. You can purchase them before a ride in special machines.
2. Travellers, who plan to use a taxi, should negotiate the cost of a ride in advance. Do not forget to leave small cash reward to taxi drivers. As a rule, the due sum is usually rounded up to any convenient amount in a big way.
3. Local residents pay really great attention to the rules of etiquette. Thus, when you enter a state agency or even a shop, make sure to greet the people present. When you get acquainted with others, make sure you name not only your name, but also your profession.
4. All the hotels of the city are equipped with standard European wall outlets. Line supply voltage is 220 V. As a rule, in hotels travelers are provided with all necessary adapters for electrical appliances.
5. Leaving tips in all restaurants, cafes and bars of the city is customary. As a rule, a typical amount of tips is 10 - 15% of the total bill. You can also leave tips to guides, maids in your hotel, hairdressers and local residents, who have kindly guided you to places of interest you seek. Copyright
6. The most beneficial way to make calls to other countries is to use telephone tubes marked with «TELESELEZIONE» sign. As a rule, they offer the most advantageous tariffs. These public phones are operated by tokens and plastic cards, which can be purchased in any newspaper or tobacco outlet. Many bars and shopping malls also have pay phones, but their tariffs are usually less favorable.
7. It should be noted that a large part of shopping and entertainment centers can be closed during holidays. Only some restaurants and bars continue accepting visitors in accordance with their ordinary schedule regardless of holidays.
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8. Shops and shopping centers open at 8:00 - 9:00 and work until 19:00 - 20:00. The local markets are open early in the morning, usually around 7:30 and work until noon. In large shopping centers you can pay for your purchases by a credit card, but visiting markets is better with a large number of money in small denomination. This way it will be much easier to settle payments with sellers.
9. The best place to purchase products is one of the local markets. Prices in such markets can be up to one and a half times lower than in supermarkets. Clothing and footwear, on the contrary, should be purchased in specialty stores only. It is also believed that in Bologna you can buy the best Italian leather.
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What to visit being in Bologna - unique sights

Two Towers of Bologna

From the series “Falling towers and buildings”
Garisenda tower was built in the 13th century. Its original height was also about 100 meters. The tower began to tilt due to ground subsidence a few years after construction. Therefore, it had to be significantly shortened. The tower is 48 meters high currently. The textile factory was located in the tower for more than 400 years. It became the property of the municipality after that. The tower of the Garisenda is closed to visitors for safety reasons, unlike its neighbor. The angle of inclination is too great. … Read further

Basilica di San Petronio

From the series “Famous unfinished buildings ”
The basilica began to be built in 1390. The famous architect Antonio di Vincenzo was the author of its design. A very dense development took place in the center of Bologna in the late 14th century. It was necessary to destroy 8 old churches, as well as several defensive towers, to free up space for the basilica. There are 22 chapels in the cathedral today. 8 of them are named after churches that were destroyed. The cathedral turned out to be very luxurious already at the initial stage of construction. It surpassed the Church of St. Peter located in the Vatican. Pope Pius IV issued an order that the decoration of the facade of the basilica had to be simplified in 1562. … Read further

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