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Marchés de Noël à Bologne

Les marchés de Noël à Bologne sont une véritable magie qui se répand dans toute la ville : il suffit de tourner le coin de la rue pour se retrouver entouré d'une atmosphère festive. Ils sont l'option idéale pour ceux qui veulent éviter le chaos des centres commerciaux et passer des moments agréables en ville. Et si le froid se fait trop ressentir, l'Hôtel Corona d'Oro vous attend avec la chaleur d'un chez-soi loin de chez soi.

Foire de Santa Lucia
Du 10 novembre au 26 décembre
Portiques de la Chiesa Servi dans la Strada Maggiore

Village de Noël français
Du 25 novembre au 24 décembre
Piazza Minghetti

Foire de Noël
Du 17 novembre au 6 janvier
via Altabella

Foire d'antiquités
Du 12 au 24 décembre
Voltone del Podestà

Noël à Porta Galliera
Du 21 novembre au 9 janvier
Piazza XX Settembre

Marché de Noël DecoMela Art
Du 6 au 24 décembre
Piazza VIII Agosto

La musique résonne partout, des boutiques aux chanteurs de Noël traditionnels qui chantent à travers la ville. Vous trouverez de nombreuses idées cadeaux, des produits artisanaux aux décorations pour votre arbre.


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Customer Excellence Award

Customer Excellence Award

L'hôtel Corona D'Oro a reçu le prestigieux prix de l'excellence client décerné par British Airways Holidays.
Ce prix récompense le service impeccable et le dévouement à l'excellence qui nous ont toujours caractérisés.
Le Corona D'Oro continue de se distinguer dans le monde de l'hospitalité haut de gamme, offrant à ses hôtes une retraite de classe mondiale où chaque détail est soigneusement pris en compte.

Nous sommes impatients de vous accueillir, vous, nos futurs hôtes, pour une expérience extraordinaire qui restera gravée dans vos mémoires.


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Le petit fute parle de nous

Le Petit Fute parle de nous

C'est avec une immense gratitude que nous remercions Petit Fute de nous avoir consacré un article. Notre hôtel Corona d'Oro s'est toujours efforcé de maintenir avec soin un lien fort avec les époques passées, offrant à chaque client une expérience unique à Bologne.
'est ainsi que Le Petite Fute nous décrit: Le hall d'entrée de style Liberty, éclairé par une coupole de verre, donne le ton ; on se trouve dans un lieu d'exception où les témoignages des différentes époques se mêlent avec élégance


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Bologne pour les enfants

Bologna is a child-friendly city with various activities to discover together with family. 

The SMA is the Museum System of the University of Bologna where you can admire the collection of Zoology among the most important in Italy where you can observe, among others, the hunting trophies of Africa. For children, fascinated by dinosaurs, the appointment is at the Geology Collection Capellini Museum where is located the Diplodocus, the longest dinosaur in Europe.

For a stop with the whole family, the Giardini Margherita in Bologna are the ideal place to spend a few hours surrounded by greenery while not moving from the city. With its 26 hectares it is the largest park in Bologna and right here you can still admire a stretch of the waterways that once characterized the city and formed the ancient Savena canal.

For a tour to enjoy an experience for children, discover the "San Luca Express", a fascinating trip on a small train that connects the historic centre of Bologna with the Basilica of San Luca whose Madonna protects the whole city below. On board an integrated audio guide will show you historical and landscape curiosities about Bologna and the surrounding areas. For a new perspective the "City Red Bus" offers a 1-hour tour to discover the arts, monuments and secrets of the city. 

A visit to Bologna with kids is the perfect opportunity to spend a few hours admiring the very curious and original museums in Bologna: from the Virtual Reality Museum to the “Mille voci e Mille suoni”  Communication Museum where you can retrace the history of radio and music to TV and computers. There are also workshops and initiatives that take place throughout the year, which can be consulted directly on the website of each museum.

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Le plus long cadran solaire couvert du monde

A visit to Bologna certainly starts from Piazza Maggiore, one of the symbols of the city, a concentration of medieval art and architecture that will leave you amazed. Here it is absolutely worth visiting the Basilica of San Petronio, inside which you can visit the longest sundial in the world. It is located on the floor of the left aisle and is a strata made by Gian Domenico Cassini around 1656. It measures 66.8 meters, exactly equal to the six hundred thousandth part of the earth's circumference. Every day, entering from the hole placed at 27 meters high in the vault, a ray of sun intersects the line, marking the slow and inexorable passing of days and seasons.

The history

In 1655 the Fabbriceria di San Petronio decided to entrust the project of a new sundial line to "Dr. Gian Domenico Cassini Genoese". Cassini had already been teaching Astronomy in Bologna for some years and was noted for the accuracy shown in astronomical observations, including those of the comet of 1652, which he showed to be far above the orbit of the Moon, contrary to current Aristotelian ideas, which believed that comets were fumes from the Earth's atmosphere and not celestial bodies.

Cassini presented a daring project but had to overcome considerable economic, logistic, technical and even "academic" difficulties. The naves of the great basilica, which had been deliberately built so as to overlook the town square, did not have a north-south orientation. The greatest technical difficulty, therefore, was precisely that of being able to avoid that the path of sunlight was interrupted by the columns, being able to use as much as possible the large size of the building.

After accurate observations of the path of the Sun, the gnomonic hole was placed in the fourth vault of the left aisle, at a height equal to 1000 ounces of the royal foot of Paris (27.07 meters) and on the day of the summer solstice of 1655 the first stone of the sundial line was laid. The length on the ground of the line from the vertical point to the gnomonic hole, as predicted by Cassini, was equal to the six hundred thousandth part of the earth's circumference (66.8 meters).

On the occasion of the solstice, Cassini published a poster inviting all the citizens and professors of the University to attend the final verification of the meridian line and the passage of the image of the Sun "between those columns, which was believed to prevent its description".


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La Scola

The suggestive medieval village that dates back to the XIV-XVI centuries, is still today among the best preserved medieval villages of the Bolognese Apennines. It encloses houses, towers and oratories still intact and a monumental cypress tree.
It is thought that the village was already inhabited in the 13th century, even if the first written records date back to the end of the 14th century. In ancient times the village was built as a guard post by the Exarchate to fortify its borders and prevent the intrusion of the Longobards. Later the Maestri Comacini worked to transform the old towers into civil dwellings and so houses, barns, dryers were enlarged even beyond the defense walls. The village is open to visitors and often the scene of events organized by the Cultural Association Sculca, committed to the preservation of this magical place.
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Les arcades de Bologne


The arcades of Bologna Unesco heritage:

Along with the typical towers and the famous red roofs of the city of Bologna, there is something that is in the hearts of the citizens of Bologna and, finally, is recognized by the whole world: our wonderful arcades have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
There is no other city that has the same number of arcades as Bologna, this fabulous architectural work is 38 kilometers long only in the historic center and reaches 53 kilometers if we take into account those outside the city.

A story that comes from afar...

The birth of the arcades of Bologna can be traced back to the early Middle Ages and has something curious, it is not in fact a work born for military or urban purposes but as self-management of the inhabitants of the city for the need to "enlarge" their living spaces. They used to increase the size of their houses in height as the family grew and it was necessary at some point to build columns to support the houses. This solution had innumerable advantages: the porticoes allowed the citizens to defend themselves from the rain or from the hot summer sun and above all to let the goods pass under any weather conditions, far from the dirt that was usual to find on the streets. Moreover, local craftsmen could benefit from a well ventilated, bright and sheltered place, better than the first floors they were used to and which often hosted their stores.


Expansion in the 300s

But how did such an enormous expansion of the portico come about that it reached 53 kilometers? At the beginning of the 1300s, Bologna's great fame as the "capital of culture" (a magnet for students and intellectuals from all over Europe) combined with immigration from the countryside to the city, led local administrators to regulate urban development and establish that all newly built houses should have a portico at their entrance, to facilitate the transit of the ever increasing number of people.

Now an international tourist destination

With the passing of the centuries this work has become a symbol of synergy between the inhabitants and the city and between the city and the marvelous Colli Bolognesi, among which Bologna has had the fortune to rise. Typical is in fact the path of San Luca, which from the city accompanies tourists under the longest portico in the world to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, in a maze of fascinating paths.

The arcades of Bologna, born out of necessity, are now an international tourist destination and recently entered the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites! For the city and for all the staff of the Hotel Corona D'Oro it is a great satisfaction, our bond with Bologna is strong and it is wonderful to see internationally recognized what we are so fond of.

For your next trip let yourself be charmed by the culture and charm of a city so rich in history, come and discover the beautiful Bologna!


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La basilique de San Petronio


City Keeper:

In October, Bologna celebrates San Petronio, a figure who has remained in the hearts of all the citizens of Bologna and to whom the famous basilica is dedicated. What makes this great work special is not only the fact that the cathedral is the largest brick-built Gothic church in the World, but the profound significance it has always had for Bologna and the Bolognese people.

The political context

In the 14th century, Bologna's wealthy bourgeoisie had developed a deep political awareness and unity, and was also in strong economic and commercial competition with Milan and Florence, two very powerful poles at the time. For Bologna it was not possible to impose its power with weapons and swords, its supremacy had to be shown through architectural works of great difficulty. Thanks to this strong "competition" we owe the construction of the Basilica of San Petronio: Bologna did not want to remain impassive towards the two cities that had already begun the construction of their cathedral (Florence had already been building for more than a century, Milan a few years earlier) and decided, through its administrative council, to start work as soon as possible.


Built without the Pope's blessing

As we can see, the Basilica of San Petronio would have been built by civic and not ecclesiastical will like the cathedrals of Milan and Florence. It has been a brave decision, especially in a century when papal influence dominated not only political decisions, but also the daily lives of all citizens.
According to the logic of the Church, this decision was a insidious attack from the city to bypass ecclesiastical power. The city administrators justified themselves by saying that this monument would also be a symbol of religious faith, which would benefit the papacy too in terms of political influence.


The conclusion of the project

What began as an attempt to compete with Florence and Milan became an ideal of freedom, autonomy and independence and the Church tried to interrupt the construction work several times. 
The climax reached its peek in 1562, when Pope Pio IV decided to purchase most of the land around the Basilica. Thanks to this astute move, the local administrators' ambitious project to create a cathedral in the shape of a Latin cross (and thus a religious symbol) was made impossible and was never completed. The Pope therefore considered his exclusive right to erect religious monuments to be unaffected, and the civic community remained in possession of the largest civic cathedral in Italy. From that day Basilica of San Petronio became a symbol of Bologna's independence from everyone, even the Pope.

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Plats traditionnels


History and traditions

So much history and tradition, a preparation that can take up to a few weeks, but what has made Christmas lunch in Bologna so famous? Step by step, let's discover together what can never be missing on the Christmas tables of every Bolognese family.

Starters: cold cuts make the rules

Bologna's tradition of cold meats and sausages does not need an introduction, but it can certainly be appreciated even more during Christmas. An unmissable dish is the “crescentina fritta”, a small focaccia typical of our region and prepared with simple ingredients like flour, lard and salt and rolled out exclusively with a rolling pin. Accompanying them, as we have said, is an infinite (and tasty) variety of cured meats, with the "Queen" mortadella leading the antipasto ranks.

Here comes the King: the tortellino

The tortellino is undoubtedly the King of Christmas, accompanied only by its trusty "squire": the capon broth. The culture of this dish has been handed down for centuries and almost reaches 1100 AD (almost a thousand years ago!).

The main dish: the “Gran bollito misto bolognese” (Bolognese mixed boiled meats)

As important and rich as its name suggests, the Gran Bollito misto alla bolognese is another of Bologna's unmissable dishes. This dish can also be found in other Italian regions, but it is in Emilia that the recipe has been perfected, transforming itself from a useful way of using all the meat available (and not wasting anything) to a true icon of Bolognese culinary culture.

Closing the dances: the “Certosino” dessert

In Bologna, there is no dispute as to whether panettone or pandoro is better, because the Bolognese people have simply created their own cake!

The traditional dessert with which Christmas lunch ends is called “Certosino” and has even medieval origins! Pharmacists (at that time called "speziali") had access to a multitude of ingredients and, in addition to medical recipes, they also dabbled in the preparation of sweets, hence the first name of the Certosino dessert: "PANSPZIÈL", which takes its inspiration from "Pane degli speziali". The recipe was perfected over time by the monks of the Carthusian (Certosino in italian) monastery, who took charge of the subsequent production of this cake, so much so that it ended up being identified with the monks even in its name: "Certosino". The traditional recipe calls for it to be made with: flour, pine nuts, chocolate, almonds, sultanas, candied fruit and honey.

Whether you want to propose our typical Christmas lunch to your guests or simply take inspiration for your own creations, we are waiting for you at the Hotel Corona D'Oro and at our restaurant Casa Azzoguidi to let you breathe in the most magical and welcoming atmosphere, in full Bolognese style.
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