Bologna: An Old University City


October 2, 2012 by travelitaliablog

Bologna is one of the historical cities in Italy. Though well known by Italians but is less

Bologna Italy

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known among foreign visitors. However, the city is famed for the oldest university in the Western world. It is in this city where the oldest university in Europe founded in 1088 is situated. A significant number of its population is covered by away-from-home university students.

Bologna is also well known for its cuisine (i.e. la cucina Bolognese). In terms of its beauty it is rated by Italians second to the beauty of Venice but is certainly have the largest and best preserve historic centers among the Italian cities. What makes Bologna interesting are its fine historic buildings, mostly build in the medieval times, which makes it the medieval center of Italy. It has also an extensive town center, characterized by miles of attractive and lavish “porticoed” walkways, one of the best-preserved in Europe.

Places to Visit in Bologna

Bologna has an array of museums, art galleries, landmarks, parks and gardens to visit when in a holiday. Most of the famous places you can visit in this historical city are the following:

Piazza Maggiore. It’s one of Bologna’s central squares where the Gothic Basilica of San Petronio, Palazzo Notai and the Archeological Museum are located.

Piazza del Nettuno. One of Bologna’s square where Fontant di Nettuno is located, a fountain built in 1563 by Tommaso Laureti of Palermo which is considered to be one of the symbols of Bologna.

Torre degli Asinelli. It’s one of the few surviving medieval towers in the city. Try to climb the steep staircase to the top of the tower and have a great view of Bologna. Torre degli Asinelli and another leaning tower of Bologna are located in Piazza Porta Ravegnana, where the seven medieval streets converge.

The University. It’s one of the oldest universities in Europe. Since Bologna is the home for the oldest universities, visiting the University is worth a visit.

The Lamborghini Museum. Located in Sant’Agata Bolognese Chiesa Frati, which is roughly a 50 minutes bus ride from the center of Bologna and a fine minuts walk in foot from Sant’Agata Bolognese. As one of the most famous car maker in Italy which has been producing some of the most sought-after luxury sports car in the world, visiting the museum is worth it.

Visit for a complete list of interesting places to visit in Bologna, Italy. However, if you are looking for other adventures around the peninsula, find some of the other interesting places to visit in Italy that will also amazed you with its historic beauty.

A Place to Stay in Bologna

When in Bologna, you will never regret the selection of places to stay. The city offers you a wide variety of quality hotels ranging from luxury to budget friendly one. Some of the best hotels in Bologna that you can find for a perfect medieval holiday in the city. More hotels in Italy to choose from at, a hotel and restaurant guide in Italy.

2 thoughts on “Bologna: An Old University City

  1. lesleycarter says:

    Great photo! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend any time in Bologna when I was in Italy but I’d love to go back 🙂

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