Italy, Bologna main square aerial view from Asinelli tower

Culture and foodie heaven

Bologna is known under many nicknames: la dotta (the learned one) for its cultural value; la rossa (the red one) for the color of the roofs in the historic centre; and la grassa (the fat one) for its cuisine. Bologna’s historic centre is a constellation of shops, galleries, palaces, churches, bars, restaurants and pizzerias. Here you’ll find the oldest university in the Western world – the University of Bologna, founded in 1088; an elegant cityscape with ample porticos; over twenty medieval defensive towers; and numerous churches and sanctuaries.

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A view at Archaeological Museum (Museo Civico Archeologico).
Displays of over 200,000 archaeological artifacts
Basilica di San Domenico
History, sculptures and many true works of art
Image from Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno).
Piazza Maggiore attraction
Metropolitana di San Pietro
Metropolitan cathedral of Bologna
Image from Palazzo Comunale.
Home of Collezioni Comunali d'Arte
The “Venerina” of Clemente Susini (anatomical wax model) displayed in the Museum of Palazzo Poggi, Bologna - Italy.
Scientific artifacts from the 18th century
Piazza Maggiore
A grand and historical site to see
Palazzo dei Banchi and Portico del Pavaglione
Once a very popular market area in Bologna
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
A great basilica containing famous art
Inside view from Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
A higly regarded opera house in Italy
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