Bologna: the learned, fat, red, towered one
Bologna the learned one
Home of the oldest university in the western world, founded in 1088, even before Paris and Oxford. It is therefore a cultural hub, still growing today and kept alive and flourishing by the more than 90 thousand students that fill the University's various departments.
Bologna's museums are a clear legacy of the culture that has been handed down over the centuries. From the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Gallery of Modern Art) to the Pinacoteca Nazionale (National Art Museum), from the Archiginnasio of Bologna – the original main building of the University – to the wealth of the Sistema Museale d’Ateneo (University Museums) An offering that ranges from archaeology to modern art, from music to history, all the way to more innovative aspects such as industrial heritage and technical culture.
Bologna the fat one
The love for cuisine and fine dining that helped create an incomparable fine wine and food tradition. Fresh pasta, meat dishes and traditional products are the pillars of a substantial and opulent cuisine which, over the years, led to this moniker being given to the city.
If you are shopping for food, a walk behind Piazza Maggiore, between via Caprarie and Drapperie is a must, where you can order hand-closed tortellini, taste delicious tagliatelle with meat sauce or buy typical cold cuts and cheeses. It is therefore essential to stop at one of the ancient taverns in the centre: a tribute to good Bolognese cuisine.
Bologna the red one
Red like the dominating colour of the historical buildings and the roof tiles. And in a more recent era, red like Ducati and Ferrari which, together with Lamborghini and Maserati, make Bologna and its region the “land of motors”.
Bologna the towered one
Hundreds of towers give the city its unique appearance. In the past the wealthy families built towers to defend themselves against attacks and robbery from enemies and rivalling families: the Asinelli and Garisenda towers, both leaning, are the main ones still standing.
Indeed famous for its towers, yet also famed worldwide for its charming historical centre, one of the best preserved in Europe and characterised by 40 kilometres of porticoes.