Piazza Santo Stefano is one of the most peculiar places in Bologna. Even though it is mainly considered as a square, it is not properly this: Via Santo Stefano widens to create this peculiar area that leads to the monumental group of buildings named after the same Saint. From Piazza Santo Stefano the ancient road to Tuscany may be taken. This group of churches is mainly known as “seven churches” as it is formed by seven holy buindings built and renovated during different periods, mainly on behalf of the patron Saint of Bologna, St. Petronio.
Apart from giving prominence to these churches, the square allows visitors to see the beautiful buindings surrounding it: on the left side Casa Berti, whose frescoes were made by Gaetano Gandolfi, Palazzo Isolani and the 15th century Palazzo Bolognini Isolani that hosts Corte Isolani, a court that leads directly to Strada Maggiore; on the right side, the 16th century Palazzo Bolognini Amorini Salina. At present, the square is often used to host cultural events and concerts.