Some cities have a nickname that you remember the historical origin or that describes: Rome, the "eternal city"; Venice, "la Serenissima"; Florence, "la Bella". Bologna has three nicknames: "La Dotta, La Grassa, la Rossa".

archiginnasioThe first is due to the presence of a University that dates back to 1088, the oldest in the Western world;

the second features the best tradition of hearty cuisine and opulent;replace

the third for the reflections of the bricks with which since the middle ages were built towers and palaces butin more recent times, the red color makes us think of the "red" Ducati and Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati to make Bologna and its region the "land of engines".

Lamborghini in the square


100000000000010F000000BA37247AD0The first University of the West, since 1088 Bologna University attracts students from all over Europe. By the time of the illustrious students Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, Bologna University said in his role as a source of knowledge and about 80,000 now, keep alive culturally and socially.

Visit Palace of ’ Archiginnasio, the ancient seat of the University which houses the impressive anatomical Theatre, where they were dissecting cadavers during lectures in medicine and Anatomy, means making stage in place that for centuries has been one of the leading and most fervent landmarks of European knowledge.

The picturesque old town, one of the best preserved in Europe, where are the ancient palaces and churches rich in works of art, is characterized by its 40 kilometres of porches, that make the city unique in the world. As early as 1100, when the growth of the University led to invent new urban space, the porches have become a public and private place of sociability and business, outdoor seating area very symbol of bolognese hospitality. The portico di San Luca, linking the town to the sanctuary of Colle della Guardia, It is the longest in the world (3,796 meters and 666 arcades). Climb walk is tradition in case of thanks received from those series to lighter ones, as an aid in love or for an exam. The porticoes of Bologna are history, tradition, Urbanism and architecture, and for these reasons are candidates to become UNESCO World Heritage site.

portici"Oftentimes, at two in the morning, back in my lodging, in Bologna, through these long porches, the soul enhanced by those beautiful eyes that I had just seen, passing those palaces which, with its large shadow, the Moon drew the masses, I happened to stop, oppressed by happiness, to tell me: how wonderful it is!" (Stendhal, Voyages en Italie, 1826)


bologna oilyWhen you hear talk of the bolognese cuisine take a curtsy that deserves ". To weave this enthusiastic praise of bolognese food is the great Pellegrino Artusi, in his famous gastronomic Treaty released at the end of the 800. In his lucky Cookbook reserved large space to the culinary tradition of Bologna, indicated to the attention of the whole Italy. If we move later in time, we see that the imaginary perception of the city as paradise of delights for the palate unfamiliar with inflections. In the gastronomic Guide of Italy of the Italian Touring Club, published in 1931, it is stated that Bologna is a place where "the love of the canteen is giocondo satisfactions more complete, nice atmosphere and for their protection".

tagliatelleFor each DOC bolognese eating well is a top priority.

middle market

Near to the famous basilica di San Petronio there is the old "middle market" where foodies would not know of course which featured watch. The traditional local specialty stores are the perfect example of bolognese hedonism, with meats and cheeses of all kinds, but rigorously crafted to satisfy the most demanding palates. Not surprising, then, that the regional economy is based on the food industry.


Not surprisingly, typical products of this region are the prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, the ’ balsamic vinegar and the mortadella di Bologna. Three of these products, ham, parmesan cheese and mortadella, are the fundamental ingredients of tortellini, famous throughout the world.

"You eat more to Bologna in a year in Venice in two, three in Rome, Turin and Genoa five in twenty" (Ippolito Nievo, Confessions of an Italian, 1867).sfogline


Bologna is the capital of the world's most famous for the concentration of automotive companies, the so-called "land of motors", for excellence in field of automotive and racing culture. The Red Ducati and the Red Ferrari, the Lamborghini, the Maserati have always been fascinating and power icons.

Ducati in Piazza Maggiore
Ducati in Piazza Maggiore

Just A few minutes from the historic centre of Bologna is the Ducati Museum and Factorywhere you can find out how it is built one of the world's most famous bike; at Sant'Agata Bolognese is the legendary Lamborghini; in the historic Galleria Ferrari Modena, with the new Home-Enzo Ferrari Museum; Finally in Maranello you can try “the Red” and do a test drive on the road driving a Ferrari F430!

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