Piazza Maggiore & Bologna Landmarks.
Piazza Maggiore is Bologna’s central square and one of Italy’s oldest and largest, dating back to 1200 AD. Often considered Europe’s most spectacular piazza, you’ll want to spend time here people-watching and visiting its multiple landmarks. There are several important buildings here, including Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Bianchi, Palazzo Notai, and Palazzo del Podesta. After exploring them, grab a seat at one of the shady cafes or sit on the steps of the basilica to watch the world go by.