Bologna is one of the largest cities in Italy and it's steeped in culture and history. Its origins date back to 1,000 B.C., when the area was occupied by the Roman government. Today, the city remains proud of its vast historical significance, but it has also made great strides to modernize portions of the city. It was named to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a "City of Music" for its many cultural institutions. The nearby airport offers numerous flights to Bologna and there are many great Bologna hotels in the downtown area.
Out and About in Bologna
You will never be at a loss for things to do in Bologna. The city boasts wine tours, centuries-old basilicas, botanical gardens, and pedestrian walkways. Some of the most popular attractions that you don't want to miss include: the Archiginnasio of Bologna, one of the oldest universities in the world; the Towers of Asinelli; the Glossatori Tombs; and Piazza Maggiore, a downtown pedestrian square dating from the 15th century. There are also several great museums in the city, such as the Jewish Museum, the Lamborghini Museum, and the Archaeological Museum. There are dozens of hotels in Bologna and its surrounding area, so you have a good chance of finding one that suits your needs.
Eating and Dining
Proclaiming itself the "Food Capital of Italy," Bologna is packed full of restaurants offering both traditional Italian cuisine and international flavors. You can even enroll in several cooking classes held throughout the city and learn the secrets to making great pasta and specialty sauces (including the famous Bolognese sauce). Bologna's large student population guarantees a very active nightlife for the city. Evening events can begin as early as 7 p.m., with most of the popular bars and nightclubs located near the city square and Via del Pratello.
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