Rome by metro, line B: what can you see when you get off in Bologna?

It is the station that connects the central area of Rome with the Nomentano district, an excellent place to start a pleasant walk. But what can you see when you go down to Bologna?

An important reference point for commuters

It was inaugurated for the first time in 1990 and connects the central area of Rome with the Nomentano district. In fact, Bologna is the station where the B and B1 underground lines cross and is a very important reference point for commuters.

At the same time it can also be the ideal place to enjoy a walk. The station overlooks Piazza Bologna, a point of Rome full of shops and clubs, which are perfect for spending pleasant evenings in the company of a good cocktail.

One time, however, this area was not as we are used to knowing it today. Piazza Bologna was initially surrounded by a large green space, which then underwent major transformations in the 1970s. The square was dismantled to make room for the station and was subsequently rebuilt with a large green dot in the center.

A unique monument of its kind in the heart of the oldest cemetery in Rome

A few steps away from the Bologna station you can see a unique monument of its kind, which is located in the heart of the oldest cemetery of the capital, the Verano. This is the Tempietto Egizio and is a structure that is very reminiscent of the temples of the Egyptians, but which actually seems to have been built only in the late 1800s.

Today it is a solemn place, inside which funeral functions take place. It is a silent space built specifically to be able to give the last farewell to a non-believer, or to someone who professed a religion other than Christianity.

It seems that it was here that the writer Pirandello was cremated, who with his pen had revolutionized the literature of the 1900s.

In addition to him, many other famous people have found rest in this ancient cemetery and have made the Verano a macabre tourist attraction. Among the faces that have left their mark on history there are for example Alberto Sordi, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Aldo Fabrizi, Bud Spencer and Marcello Matroianni.

Submerged in the beauty of Villa Torlonia

Just ten minutes from the metro stop is one of the most beautiful villas in all of Rome, the elegant Villa Torlonia.

It is a set of buildings surrounded by an enchanting green space, which in the past also belonged to Mussolini himself. At the time of Fascism Villa Torlonia was in fact the residence of the Duce, but then it had been occupied by Anglo-American troops. Later it became a property of the Municipality of Rome, which transformed it into a fairy-tale place, perfect for spending good moments in contact with nature and art.

In fact, the villa is a complex of works of art and museums, which are custodians of the works of the Roman School and which necessarily deserve a visit, at least once in a lifetime.