The city is home to the oldest university in the world and numerous students who enrich its cultural and social life. Famous for its towers and long porticoes Bologna has a beautifully preserved historic centre. Its artistic importance and its importance in terms of landmarks is based on a homogenous mixture of monuments and architectural examples (medieval towers, antique buildings, churches, the layout of the historical centre) and works of art resulting from a first class architectural and artistic history, which can be seen in the city’s important museums and art galleries. In 2000 Bologna was appointed the “European Capital of Culture” and in 2006 it was named a UNESCO “City of Music”. But Bologna is also a city of water. Hidden beneath the porticoes of the city centre there is a network of canals and locks that can be glimpsed from certain vantage points in the historic centre. But Bologna does not live on culture alone: the Bologna cuisine (as well as the Emilian cuisine in general) is famous for its variety and opulence.
What to eat in Bologna
Meat (in particular pig) and fresh egg pasta form the basis of the most typical dishes: mortadella, tortellini, lasagne and ragù (typically served with tagliatelle) to name just a few. Bologna’s nickname of la grassa (the fat one) goes hand in hand with its other nickname la dotta (the learned one). Bologna is only 25 km away and it can easily be reached in half an hour with the Savena valley road, that links Lodole Country House with the city centre.