Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna, with about 400 000 inhabitants, is the typical Italian medieval town.
Bologna hosts the first university in the world, founded in 1088, with 80 000 students approximately.
Bologna, which is characterized by the arcades, is famous for its food (Tagliatelle with Ragu (meat sauce), tortellini, salami…) and wine (there are 86 DOC wines from Bologna).
The best season to visit Bologna is Spring, during Summer the city is like a desert, because everyone moves to the sea.
During Christmas time the city is full of little markets on the street, that have a lot of good ideas for Christmas presents.
Places of interest
Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city, where you will find the cathedral, the fountain-statue of Neptune by Giambologna, the city library (Sala Borsa), which often hosts exhibitions, and the two towers, Bologna’s icon.
Next to the main square is located Via de’ Musei, where you can find the Archaeological Museum, which houses a large collection of coins from ancient Greece and ancient Rome, and a collection on ancient Egypt (entry 3-5 euro).
Via delle Pescherie: Here you can find the best shops that sell typical food . Don’t miss to visit Librerie Incoop, the first shop in Bologna to sell books and also typical food, like pasta or sauces, and wine.
Via Independenza: it connects Piazza Maggiore with the station, and here are leased the shops of the most famous brands ( Hm, Zara, Footlocker)
Via Zamboni is the heart of the university’s life, where there are almost all faculties.
At 18, when University lessons are finished, students flock to the streets to make “aperitivo”, drinking beer, or in the surrounding bars (i recommend to go to bar Balanzone in via Petroni to drink a good beer, or to Maurizio, in via san Petronio, to drink spritz).
From Piazza Santo Stefano you can take via santo stefano, full of antiquary shops, leading to the Giardini Margherita, the largest city park.
If you visit the city by car is recommended to go to Colli Bolognesi, the hills of Bologna, where you can enjoy the beauty of the city from a special point of view, and admire the huge villas.
Where to eat:
Osteria dell’ Orsa (20 € person), via Mentana, near to the University area
Trattoria del rosso (15-20 euro), via Righi, near to via Independenza.
Via del Pratello: in this street there are lots of good reasonably priced restaurants, and pubs where to drink.
Scout : Piazza VIII agosto, near to central station
Galleria Cavour, near Piazza Maggiore, home of the most expensive brands (prada, gucci, lv)
Sodapops (via San Vitale)
Corto maltese (via Borgo di san Pietro)
Arteria (via San Vitale)
Author: Stefano Prandina