Known as ‘Bologna the Learned’ due to its university (established in 1088, the oldest in the Western world) or ‘Bologna the Fat’ due to its exquisite food, it is also a stunning city brimming with art and history with every turn. It is no wonder that the second-largest medieval Old Town in Europe, after that of Venice, is found here.
Located in the north of Italy, the city and its metropolitan zone are the most important Italian communication hubs for roads, motorways and railways. It is therefore not surprising that this city hosts one of the largest motoring fairs in the world, the Bologna Motor Show, not to be missed by any motoring enthusiast.
For those who are less enamoured with cars and prefer to marvel at beautiful monuments, Bologna is the place to be. The Two Towers, the city’s emblem, are composed of two magnificent medieval towers, with the taller tower reaching almost 100 metres in height. From here, on a clear day, views reach as far as the city of Verona, the Dolomite mountains and the Apennine mountains. With the grand Main Square/strong>, the impressive San Petronio Basilica (the fifth largest church in the world) and the National Art Gallery, housing works by Giotto, Rafael, Annibale Caracci and Guido Ren, you will never be short of something to see.
When it’s time to refuel, visit one of the numerous restaurants the city has to offer, where you can sample some of Bologna’s famously delicious cuisine, including a real spaghetti Bolognese!
This beautiful university town, inhabited by students throughout the year, deserves a visit. So be sure not to fail by booking one of our cheap flights to Bologna.
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