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Le Due Torri

Bologna, chief town of the Italian region Emilia Romagna, is located between the two rivers Reno and Savena in the Po Valley (Pianura Padana), backing the Apenine Tosco-Emiliano. The town has a population of about 410.000.

La Grassa

In addition to being reputed to possess the most ancient University in all Europe and, therefore being called "La Dotta" (erudite), Bologna is also famous for its cooking, claimed to be a form of art here, whish bestows upon the town another funny nick-name: "La Grassa" (the fatty town). In fact, cooked pasta such as "Lasagne al Forno", "Tortellino in brodo" and Bolognese meat sauce" cannot be missed in the Restaurants in town.


Finally, Bologna is also called "La Turrita", which means packed with towers, because of its countless towers and porticos (36 km of porticos are reckoned to form the body of the town).
The city of Bologna has many faces, Italians call it "citta di arte e cultura", meaning the city of arts and culture. Bologna has long tradition in fine arts and its School of Arts is aknowledged as one of the best in Italy and the world aswell. The school was supported by influential painters such as Carracci, Guido Reni, Dominichino and Quercino.

According to a legend, La Gioconda (Mona Lisa) was painted in Bologna - history tells us that in 15151 Leonardo da Vinci and Filiberto di Savoia, in the wake of Francis I the King of France, were housed in the Felicini palace in Bologna. Well, legend has it that Leonardo painted La Gioconda on that occasion ba taking as model Filiberta and not according to the tradition Lisa of Francesco Giocondo


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  • Pros:One of the few places in which I would like to live
  • Cons:scafolds
  • In a nutshell:Tortellini + Verdi and Rossini + Guido Reni + Glossatori
  • Last visit to Bologna: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    I am really longing to return to Italy. Reading your page had made me want to do it even more.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2008 at 4:12 AM

    just having a quick taste of beautiful bologna

  • ludogatto's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2006 at 6:40 AM

    Ehi ho subito il sorpasso....la gravidanza mi ha impedito di aggiornare le mie pagine di Bologna, spero di farlo al più presto...fra un mesetto saremo in tre!

  • Sep 22, 2006 at 3:07 PM

    "La Grassa" looks divine....Mmmm!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2005 at 10:17 AM

    Nice tips!

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2005 at 6:39 PM

    Those vintages are priceless. I really admire them. Lovely page. Kind regards.

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2005 at 5:05 AM

    Nice and very complete guide through this great and interesting city.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2005 at 8:46 PM

    Excellent and very informative page! I have learnt from you that Bologna was the oldest European University! Too bad it is one of the most expensive city in Italy! May be choosing a hotel outside of Bologna would be a wise choice for a visit?

  • ndanenn's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2004 at 10:58 PM

    That picture with towers in the air - is it a Photoshop work altogehter, or the first layer was a real photograph with water relflections? I don't remeber any water near the towers.

  • maritagnes's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 1:55 AM

    A wonderful coverage in photos and really useful information! Look forward to visiting in September!


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