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Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

Duomo, Bologna

Bas Relief, Duomo, Bologna

Welcome to Bologna
From Jesse's Journeys in  Italy

Population: 369,995
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Bologna, capital of the northeastern region of Emilia-Romagna, is the food capital of Italy, a thriving business city and a major university town with a red-bricked Historic Centre.

In spite of two leaning towers (outdoing Pisa's one) plus a wealth of other attractions, Bologna is largely free from tourist crowds and well worth a visit. It is also one of Europe's most important conferences cities.

Bologna is over 2,500 years old but saw its glory days come in the 12th century when students from all over Europe flocked to study here, in what was then a major city in the Papal States.

It is not just the city centre's bricks that are red. Bologna is known for its passionate interest in politics. Socialism and communism have played a major role of Bolognese life, ever since determined partisan resistance in World War II.

Summers are what most would consider hot and humid, with the average temperature around  (32C in Jul/Aug). However, the summer is full of festivities. Seek solace in the shady porticos which stretch for a lengthy 40km along major streets of the Old Town. In winter, the temperature drops to below 10C (Jan/Feb). The best time to visit is spring and autumn.

By Jesse Andrews, April 2005



Ravenna - 85 km
Florence - 105 km
Padua - 117 km
Rimini - 122 km
Venice - 152 km
Brescia - 193 km
Milan - 217 km
Ancona - 221 km
Perugia - 256 km
Rome - 379 km



Duomo doors, Bologna

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