Bologna City Guide

Bologna is the capital city of Emilia Romagna in Northern Italy. It is situated between the Po River and the Apennine mountains. Bologna is one of the more developed cities of Italy, with major highways and railways crossing it. Some may know this city because of the enormous University of Bologna, founded 900 years ago, is the oldest known university in the Western world. In fact, Bologna up to this day remains to be a university town, thanks to the said University of Bologna. The university remains an international hub for academic studies and continues to attract students from all parts of the globe. Food also draws tourists to Bologna. In fact, it is in the tradition of this city that made the sauce Bolognese and other Bolognese cuisine, which tend to use a lot of meats and cheeses. Cured porks and cold cuts sucha s such as prosciutto, mortadella and salame are also quite a famous delicacy in this city. Another attractive feature of Bologna is its façade of beauty brought by spectacular architecture. It can be considered a walking city—wherein tourists and locals alike blend while walking on marbled pavement and taking in the beauty of structures around them. Such are the Piazza Maggiore and the Piazza del Nettuno, which are the cities two main squares. From these squares, almost all of Bologna’s attraction spots are within walking distance, including the two leaning towers. Most other monuments and historical or religious structures are also a walk away. Bologna is divided up into districts. The center of the city is separated from rest of the city by large walls from ancient times. Bologna is one of the most overlooked cities in Italy. Because of that, and unlike other Italian cities like Rome or Venice, Bologna does not generally have overcrowding of tourists. This is good news to people who want to a break from the hustle and bustle and noise of crowds.