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Bologna’s guide by Stefano Prandina

bolognaBologna, 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

bologna-piazza_maggiorePiazza 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).

PiazzaSantoStefanoAnother place of interest is Piazza Santo Stefano, which houses the church of Santo Stefano, and  Corte degli Isolani, a court that is the home of trendy shops and restaurants.

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.


Via Independenza
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

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  1. Giorgio says:

    Originally I am from Italy. My dad is from Bologna. When you go to Italy you could travel around to see different places, because Italy has a rich history. Before the Romans it were the Etruskan people, that you can explore.

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