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Discussion in 'Bologna' started by TuttoItaly, Jun 1, 2013.

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  1. Bologna - capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region and also the largest city in this area, is an important cultural centre and, since 2006, a UNESCO "city of music".



    Bologna is situated in a lovely area, right on the edge of the Po valley and right at the foot of the Apennines. The climate here is subtropical and a bit humid too. Winters are cold, summers are hot, but that doesn't stop tourists from visiting the city and it's lovely museums, monuments and other important landmarks.

    For instance, did you know that the oldest University in Europe is the University of Bologna? It was founded in 1088 and was the place where many personalities have studied. Among them is Nobel prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, Aldo Costa and Popes Innocent IX, Alexander VI and Gregory XV, a few hundred years ago.

    One of Bologna's main landmarks is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, situated on a small hill south-west of the city centre. It is said that the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary was brought here from Constantinople, in the 12th century. The church is currently a place visited by many pilgrims and it's a very beautiful place, not to mention how beautiful the view of the city is from up there.

    Many other churches can be visited in Bologna. For example, San Petronio Basilica is one of the world's largest churches, it's definitely an important landmark of the city as well.

    Bologna is not the only way the city is called. Over the years, the city acquired quite a few nicknames. "The red one" (la rossa) is a nickname coming either from the colors of the roofs in the city, or from the fact that it was an important city in the history of communism. Or both, no one knows for sure. "La dotta" (the learned one) is a nickname acquired because of the very important University of Bologna. A third nickname, "the fat one" (la grassa) refers to the city's cuisine.

    The cuisine of Bologna is world renown. You could say that Bologna is the culinary capital of Italy. Cheese, meat, fruits and vegetables are only a few products sold in the largest food market Europe has ever seen. If you ever visit Bologna, you should definitely try some of the famous meals they make here: tortellini in brodo - very tasty, tagliatelle al ragu - made with the famous rag├╣ alla bolognese, mortadella, prosciutto and salami are also worth tasting. So is the "Zuppa Inglese", which has nothing to do with English soup though. It's a cake and cream dessert that will make you lick your fingers!

    If you're interested in visiting some museums, you can try the International Museum and Library of Music, the Bologna Gallery of Modern Art or the Bologna Museum of Modern Art. The Fountain of Neptune here in Bologna is also quite an interesting landmark, being one of the "lactating fountains" in Italy.

    Bologna is, like many Italian cities, a beautiful place to visit. From medieval towers and antique buildings to modern cafes and nightclubs, you really can't go wrong if you decide to spend a vacation here.
     

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