One of the well-known spots in Bologna is Piazza Santo Stefano. Locals and tourists alike can’t help but love this triangular square. Yes, a triangular square. It starts off narrow and then broadens as you approach the Basilico di Santo Stefano. The church itself is actually made up of seven churches and some of the original construction dates back to the fifth century. I’ll go into the history of the church another time, once I’ve been back in to properly visit it. I did visit on my first trip here and thought it was pretty fantastic, so I really should go back.
However, you don’t have to go to the square just to visit the church. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants, and shops along the portici that line the square. It’s a great place to meet up with friends for a coffee and chat or just to sit for a while with your dog and watch the world go by and admire the architecture. So grab a coffee and become an armchair tourist for a moment with a few of my photos from a recent visit. Don’t forget to pay attention to the line markers in the ground. They give you a sense of how the triangular square is shaped. And don’t miss the Asinelli tower in the distance!