University of Bologna (Università di Bologna)

About Bologna, Guide and Top Tourist Attractions
(Bologna, Italy)

Bologna is one of Italy's major cities and was the first Italian motor and railway hub. It is a landlocked city with a history spanning more than 2,500 years. As of December 2004, the city has a population of almost 400,000.

What to do in Bologna

Wine aficionados would surely enjoy going to the Imola Festival held every second week of November that celebrates the Sangiovese wine. The festival attracts vintners from all over Italy to come to Bologna to showcase their wares. Literary buffs would want to come to Bologna on the 10th of September to commemorate the death of Dante Alighieri, considered the greatest of the Romantic poets. Called Settembre Dantesco or Dante's September, this festival holds readings of Dante's work, lectures, and other related events.

Tourist Attractions

The two main tourist attractions in Bologna are the Piazza Maggiore and the Piazza del Nettuno, which are the two main squares of the city. The Piazza Maggiore is a huge pedestrian square located at the centre of Bologna's oldest part. Impressive examples of Medieval and Renaissance architecture surround the square. The Piazza del Nettuno, on the other hand, is famous for its fountain, the Fontana di Nettuno or Fountain of Neptune. The Due i Torre, or the two leaning towers of Bologna, are also certified crowd drawers.

Lovers of culture and art can buy museum cards that serve as access passes to some of Bologna's most popular museums like the Museo Civico Arqueologico, which contains a collection of artifacts from different cultures around the world; and the Pinacoteca Naionale di Bologna, which features paintings done by important Bolognese artists. They are usually available at affiliated museums and tourist information centres.

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