The Piazza Santo Stefano in Bologna is not really a square, but more of a spot on Via Santo Stefano where the street is a bit wider. Another name by which this “square” is known is Piazza delle Sette Chiese. Nowadays it is often used for concerts and other events. It is in this pedestrian only square that the ancient road to Tuscany begins.
Piazza Santo Stefano Bologna
Attractions: Santo Stefano Church, Casa Berti, Palazzo Isolani, Palazzo Bolognini Isolani, Palazzo Bolognini Amorini Salina.
History and description
The seven buildings to which the square owes its name are all dedicated to the same saint. These are not all churches, but sacred buildings built and/or renovated in different periods. They are all dedicated to San Stefano.
What to see
The Santo Stefano Basilica is one of the main attractions of the square, which is only accessible to pedestrians. It consists of a complex of several churches, three of which have the façade facing the square.
In addition to these buildings, there are also several beautiful palaces facing the square.
In the Casa Berti, on the left, the interior is graced with murals by Gaetano Gandolfi.
The Palazzo Isolani is also on the left.
The Palazzo Bolognini Isolani was built in the 15th century. From the courtyard one can directly enter the Strada Maggiore. This courtyard is called Corte Isolani.
The Palazzo Bolognini Amorini Salina is located on the opposite side of the square.